Playing it Safe

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Saturday, September 15 2007 Sep 15, 2007 Saturday, September 15, 2007 9:13:41 AM CDT September 15, 2007 in News

With very few bike lanes in Columbia, riders are forced to share the road with everyone else, but there is hope. The PEDNET project wants to add bike lanes and create safer areas for pedestrians, bikers, and drivers.

Sergeant Tim Moriarity believes there is an easier solution to these problems.

"I think the big thing is communication, and the communication is being in the right lane. It's not just, you know, yelling at passing motorists," said Moriarity, Columbia Police Department Traffic Supervisor.

Cycling enthusiast Patrick Feehan says Columbia bikers can never let down their guard.

"Whenever you're on the sidewalk and crossing the street you have to look out for the traffic, and people don't use their turn signals so you have to take that into account, and you have to take into account the fact that people might not see you," said biker Patrick Feehan.

Pedestrian and biker safety is a big issue in downtown Columbia because of the number of bikers; unfortunately, not all of those bikers play it safe.

Bicyclists represent 12 percent of all reported on-road injuries in Missouri.

During the past seven years, the number of reported injuries has reached nearly 80,000 statewide. The most common type of injury is to the head - a potentially deadly consequence for not wearing a helmet.

70 percent of bicycle accidents and 40 percent of bicycle fatalities occurred on city streets.

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