October 22, 2015
We must always be watching for bicyclists on our roadways. They share the road with our vehicles, but are far less protected in the event of a collision. An accident which wouldn't harm the occupants of a car or truck could easily result in serious injury or death to a bicyclist. This could explain recent National Household Travel Survey results which noted only 1 percent of people get around by bicycle, yet bicyclists account for 10 percent of U.S. traffic fatalities.
There have been recent measured passed to help promote safety for bicyclists. Last September in California the Three Feet for Safety Act went into effect. It requires vehicles passing bicyclists to give at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the rider.
Unfortunately, laws cannot protect all of us. This morning we were tragically reminded of this when a 12 year old boy was killed in Oceanside near Oceanside Blvd. and South Coast Highway just after 7 a.m on Thursday. While the full details of the collision remain unknown, initial reports suggest the driver failed to notice the boy before the collision. Oceanside Fire Department personnel had the boy airlifted to Tri-City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead: a sobering reminder of how important it is to watch out for everyone using our roadways.