In just the past two weeks, two local bicycle riders have been in accidents with motor vehicles whose drivers just weren't paying attention. One occurred on the Bike Trek to Shakertown, literally within sight of the ride finish. The second one involved Frankfort resident and state government employee Nathan Brown, who regularly commutes by bike. Nathan suffered fractured vertebrae and a broken tailbone and is now recuperating at home.
Enough is enough! It's time for cyclists to take a stand and take to the roads! This isn't about revenge or inconvenience. It's about raising awareness of cycling and improving safety on the road for everyone. Studies have shown that as more bicycle riders use the roads, fewer accidents occur, mostly due to the fact that drivers become used to sharing the road with cyclists and adjust their driving habits accordingly.
If you or a friend has a bike, come out and ride! We'll meet at Fair Oaks and Buffalo Trace around 4:00 Monday and make a few circuits up and down Wilkinson Blvd. And if you can't ride with us, please show your support by sharing the road! Let's show Nathan that we are proud of his spirit and determination and commitment to making Frankfort a safe place to ride!