Morning commute proves to be deadly for bicyclist

Full story: KUSA Denver 89
" A man biking to work has died after being hit by a car Monday morning. Steve Davis, spokesperson for the Lakewood Police Department, says a 27-year-old man was biking near Wadsworth and Oxford sometime after ... Full Story
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Kaos

United States

#2 Jul 30, 2007
I love how it says the car hit him. Like the car jumped the sidewalk and hit him. Oh wait; he was probably one of those jerks that ride in the street.
Creep

Denver, CO

#3 Jul 30, 2007
That's early, and you can't place all of the blame on the driver. Bicycling in the dark is inherently dangerous especially if you don't have reflective clothing or flashing on your bike.
North Of The Insanity

Greeley, CO

#4 Jul 30, 2007
What gets me is up here in Weld county some of these bicyclists just have to ride on narrow 2 lane roads and highways like S.H. 66, for example, with traffic speed limits of 65 MPH including a lot of truck traffic. And they act all surprised when people almost end up in the ditches to avoid running them over.

Cycling is good I agree but use good judgment before riding on highways and heavily traveled city streets.
Denver Doh

United States

#5 Jul 30, 2007
4 am? What does that time in the am look like? I'd rather sleep then pollute the air with my car at 7 am.
Dani

Denver, CO

#6 Jul 30, 2007
Cycling has become so popular over the years, yet no one has addressed the problem of them riding in traffic. Motorists have paid for the roads through gas taxes, registration fees, and other taxes and fees. Cyclists in traffic are a danger and seem to feel they have a right. Let them start registering and paying for road permits so lanes can be built for them. Streets are for cars. Period.
Hiker

Littleton, CO

#7 Jul 30, 2007
Kaos wrote:
I love how it says the car hit him. Like the car jumped the sidewalk and hit him. Oh wait; he was probably one of those jerks that ride in the street.
Sidewalks are for walking - bicycles are supposed to be on the street in most areas.
Get A Clue

Fort Collins, CO

#8 Jul 30, 2007
Kaos wrote:
I love how it says the car hit him. Like the car jumped the sidewalk and hit him. Oh wait; he was probably one of those jerks that ride in the street.
Bicyclists are not supposed to ride on the sidewalk.
Kaos

United States

#13 Jul 30, 2007
Get A Clue wrote:
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Bicyclists are not supposed to ride on the sidewalk.
Then this is the price they pay. I never ride on the street. To dangerous. I will ONLY ride on trials.
ftc

San Francisco, CA

#14 Jul 30, 2007
If bikers are in the street they need to behave like cars. I had the pleasure of going around 2 abreast on a narrow 2 lane road. The ideas that bikers have of superiority has to end.
craig

Redwood City, CA

#15 Jul 30, 2007
i'm saddened to hear about this accident but i'm also one that is very concerned about bikers riding in the streets. too many are on the left side of the white shoulder line which makes for many white knuckle moments on two lane highways especially at the tops of hills where oncoming traffic can't see the approaching cyclist. it's time we make legislation that protects everyone - including the motorists
pan

Winter Park, CO

#16 Jul 30, 2007
ftc wrote:
If bikers are in the street they need to behave like cars. I had the pleasure of going around 2 abreast on a narrow 2 lane road. The ideas that bikers have of superiority has to end.
It is illegal to ride on the sidewalks in Denver and cyclists have as much right to the road as anyone. Because you have a bigger vehicle that goes faster does not mean you have more of a right to the road. Deal with it.
westygirl

Englewood, CO

#17 Jul 30, 2007
I would just like to thank the driver for stopping! my thoughts and prayers are with the driver and the deceased man's family.
MikeParker

Castle Rock, CO

#18 Jul 30, 2007
Dani wrote:
Cycling has become so popular over the years, yet no one has addressed the problem of them riding in traffic. Motorists have paid for the roads through gas taxes, registration fees, and other taxes and fees. Cyclists in traffic are a danger and seem to feel they have a right. Let them start registering and paying for road permits so lanes can be built for them. Streets are for cars. Period.

I would be willing to bet that *most* cyclists also own a car and have paid their share of taxes. As pointed out by others, they have every right to be on the road as it's illegal for them to ride on the sidewalk. Bike lanes and bike paths are preferred, of course, but they're not always available.
MountainMan

United States

#19 Jul 30, 2007
To all that state he should have been on the sidewalk:
It is illegal for bicyclist's to ride on the sidewalk.
MYSELF

United States

#20 Jul 30, 2007
I feel bad for the accident, But they need to think sometimes and get some safety gear so people can see them in the dark, and try to ride on the edge of the road, the highways are not the best place for them to be thats why we have trails.
Confused

Lake Forest, CA

#21 Jul 30, 2007
pan wrote:
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It is illegal to ride on the sidewalks in Denver and cyclists have as much right to the road as anyone. Because you have a bigger vehicle that goes faster does not mean you have more of a right to the road. Deal with it.
I hate to hear the news about this person losing his life. This is tragic.

In response to the folks who claim their "right to ride" .......You are absolutely correct that you, our spandex counterparts, do indeed have a right to ride on the road --- AND -- they too should be obeying traffic laws as well.

Keep your spandex on .... not all bikers, of course,... but some of our spandex brothers and sisters are really pushing their luck by running traffic lights and stop signs. I almost hit a guy last week in Aurora who ran a red-light on a bicycle coming across the cross-walk -- wearing his spandex and sponsorship garb. I almost had a new hood sponsor.

Hmmmm lets see ... run a red-light on a 30LB bicycle when a 3/4-ton truck is approaching .... should I stop .. or should I let him know that I too have a right to the pavement ?

Ride ... enjoy ... but practice safety by obeying the laws like your tin-box counterparts.

PS ... that also applies to riding single-file to/from Boulder when the signs tell you too.
Hypocrisy

Denver, CO

#22 Jul 30, 2007
pan wrote:
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It is illegal to ride on the sidewalks in Denver and cyclists have as much right to the road as anyone. Because you have a bigger vehicle that goes faster does not mean you have more of a right to the road. Deal with it.
It is illegal for bicyclists to run stop signs and signals; it's illegal for them to swerve in and out of traffic; but that doesn't stop them from doing it. A lot of cyclists are their own worst enemy on the road. Deal with THAT.
Wup up FATTIES

Denver, CO

#23 Jul 30, 2007
i own a 6k bike and a 45k car, and people that hates cyclists generally hate them because they are jealous. getting in shape, that pisses me off!! real tough in your car, huh? do your monday morning quarterbacking on a story you really have no idea about, and go back to your fat lifestyle while i burn about 2k calories today. and then talk about how you will hit all the cyclists in your car because are soo tough!! shut up, fatty.
james

San Antonio, TX

#24 Jul 30, 2007
It still baffles me how many people do not have any idea regarding traffic rights.

With the exception to interstates - city streets are for TRAFFIC. Whether it be cars, horse, tractor or bike.

I commute to work and back and do my neighborhood errands all via bike. I'm not going to take a trail that doesn't go anywhere except along a river and woods. That defeats the purpose of cycling to make life easier and reduce congestion.

Cyclists should NOT be on sidewalks. Curbs, blind alleys, parked cars, pedestrians, and kids should not mix with cyclists going 15-25 mph. That's the same reason cyclists use streets rather than multi use trails.(And the above mentioned trails not connecting to actual places you go).

And yes - cyclists do pay taxes for the roads. As Pan says "deal with it" And I don't run red lights or stop signs either. I respect others on the road and expect the same courtesy back.

Those who post comments like "the idiot shoulda been on that there sidewalk" are just angry and ignorant.

james http://www.futuregringo.com
Kaos

United States

#25 Jul 30, 2007
Wup up FATTIES wrote:
i own a 6k bike and a 45k car, and people that hates cyclists generally hate them because they are jealous. getting in shape, that pisses me off!! real tough in your car, huh? do your monday morning quarterbacking on a story you really have no idea about, and go back to your fat lifestyle while i burn about 2k calories today. and then talk about how you will hit all the cyclists in your car because are soo tough!! shut up, fatty.
I think this guy needs such an expensive car/bike to fit his big head.

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