We are constantly reminding bicyclists and drivers alike to be careful out on the road. The better we all are at following the rules of the road, the safer we will all be. The tragedy of a teenage bicyclist losing his life on Sunday is a reminder that we must all stay aware of each other and respect that we all have limitations. The 16-year-old was participating in a charity ride supporting cancer research with his mother and uncle. He attempted to pass a large group of riders, but lost control of his bicycle and fell from it. That’s when a woman, driving below the speed limit of 35 miles per hour, hit him with her car. The victim died at the scene.
The teen was one of over 2,600 bicyclists participating in the British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer. He was from Victoria, British Columbia. It has been reported that he was only a novice rider. It is important that you follow some basic guidelines when riding your bicycle, no matter your skill level:
• Scan behind – always look over your shoulder before moving in any direction.
• Know how to short stop – rise off your seat and move your whole body back to keep more weight on your rear wheel.
• Be able to make small swerves – learn to quickly steer around road obstructions such as rocks, without moving too far in either direction.
• Master the quick turn – lean towards the object coming towards you very briefly, then lean in the direction you want to go and turn hard that way.