There have been too many bike-related tragedies this summer, writes Elkridge Patch blogger Christine Barton.
Barton, who said that she has logged more than 2,000 miles on her bike this year, is referring to the death of Patricia Cunningham, 50, from Annapolis, who collided with a minivan in August. Police said the cause of that crash was driver error.
She also mentioned the death this summer of Thomas Heslin, a teacher from Severna Park. He was killed when his bicycle collided with a dump truck on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Police said Heslin, 57, failed to stop at a stop sign.
“Two different accidents, one with the motorist alleged to be at fault, one with the cyclist alleged to be at fault,” Barton writes.
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Barton highlighted efforts going on around the region to promote safety between motorists and cyclists.
“Motorists are required to give cyclists a 3 foot clearance when passing,” she writes. “This is very important because the vehicle's wind-effect can knock a bike off track and into danger, and also, bike-riders may need extra clearance to avoid road hazards.”
The cyclist deaths have attracted blogger attention elsewhere on Patch.
Blogger Jim Titus is on the board of directors of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and wrote about a "new crime of vehicular negligent homicide in Maryland, which allows prosecutors to seek criminal penalties when a sober-but-aggressive driver causes an accident that kills someone."
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