It's so depressing to read that the Governor would veto that bill. I lost an uncle in a similar situation in San Antonio a little more than a year ago. My uncle was riding when he was struck by a vehicle. We never found out the specifics of how he was hit, but it is my understanding that the driver was not ticketed either. He wasn't riding in a congested area. I've driven on that street and cars are far and few in between. So it's a mystery to me how that could have happened. A cousin of mine (his son) walked over to the area where it happened a few days after the accident, and he founds his dad's glasses lying on the side of the road. I believe the local cycling community installed a ghost bike in his memory.
Yeah definitely breaks your heart. Agree about making the picture into a postcard and sending it to the governor. Many times people can't relate until they see how something affects other people. Putting a face on the tragedy.
Very sorry about bike crashes in Texas...but we have a significant problem with careless motorists right here in Illinois. And ActiveTrans has a great 2009 report on bike crashes. Some interesting points from the report include:
1. In Chicago, serious and fatal bicycle crashes were up from 130 crashes per year in 2004
and 2005, to 180 crashes per year in 2006 and 2007
2. There is safety in numbers. International data analysis...shows a strong correlation between a high number of cyclists and pedestrians on the street and a lowered crash rate.
3. Bike usage — the percent of trips made by bike — is nearly three times greater in Chicago than in suburban areas...[Therefore] a Chicago cyclist is actually 20 percent less likely to be in any type of crash...[and her] chance of being seriously injured or killed is half as much as her suburban counterpart.
4. Accountability for crashes is one piece of our “accident” culture; society does not hold
motorists accountable for their fatal mistakes.