Apr 21, 2011

Another Tragedy

Today, another cyclist was killed in a collision with a truck. This time the victim was a senior at the U of M and it happened in Dinkytown. This accident was very similar to the one that claimed Dennis Dumm's life in 2009. Both cyclists were in a bike lane, both were struck by trucks turning across the bike lane, and both were killed in the accident.

A friend posted a link today about what cyclists need to know about trucks. It's very useful, and anyone that spends any amount of time on a bike should read this. I am by nature a pretty defensive rider, and I hate dancing with buses on my commute - not because I am afraid of them, but because it's a constant game of either getting in front of them or getting behind them, and minimizing to the maximum extent any time spent next to one. Read the article and find out way.

My heart goes out to the cyclist, her family, the truck driver and everyone that was involved in this - from the witnesses to the first-responders.

1 comment:

  1. It's a tragic story.

    I don't think it's clear yet, though, that the cyclists was in the bike lane. The Strib reported that the cyclist "entered the crosswalk", which sounds more like she was riding on the sidewalk than in the bike lane.

    Either way, it's tragic.