When Does it Stop?

This young woman, 26 years old, was run down by a truck while bicycle training in Belgium a few days ago. She was engaged to be married and was here last weekend competing in our Cyclocross races at Stage Fort Park. We all probably saw her. You think maybe something has to change? She's from Jericho, Vermont, USA. She came in # 8. Suggestions?  Oops!  Just this moment, a local merchant came in and told be about Gloucester's Terry Greel, who was riding a bike and was hit by a car. It ruined his summer. He also said that he (the merchant) had 3 incidents involving cell phone/distracted drivers on his drive to work today. Chief Lenard Campanello, can you help us out there. This concerns pedestrians, bicycle riders, and automobile drivers. She is dead, and our Terry, husband of Tina, was  injured.
This young woman, 26 years old, was run down by a truck while bicycle training in Belgium a few days ago. She was engaged to be married and was here last weekend competing in our Cyclocross races at Stage Fort Park. We all probably saw her. You think maybe something has to change? She’s from Jericho, Vermont, USA. She came in # 8. Suggestions? Oops! Just this moment, a local merchant came in and told be about Gloucester’s Terry Greel, who was riding a bike and was hit by a car. It ruined his summer. He also said that he (the merchant) had 3 incidents involving cell phone/distracted drivers on his drive to work today. Chief Lenard Campanello, can you help us out there. This concerns pedestrians, bicycle riders, and automobile drivers. She is dead, and our Terry, husband of Tina, was injured.

9 thoughts on “When Does it Stop?

  1. Oh yeah, just got a comment on my FB from Terry Greel: “Still recovering. No longer will ride my bike through town, just too crazy because of all the knucklehead drivers out there!” This is a homeowner and taxpayer in the City of Gloucester. Can’t ride his bike and be safe? We have bike lanes, but… Terry and his wife Tina are Gloucester folks. They’re afraid to ride their bicycles. What will it take? Firearm permits for the cyclists? I hope not.

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  2. I wish I had the answer to that I don’t – What I have seen from enforcement actions is both sides blame each other at times and then nobody truly listens. This is a nation wide issue. The best answer is respect each other and the space you are in always a two-way street but even more so for the 2000 to 4000 vehicle.

    Stay safe ride with the wind and be extra careful! 🙂

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  3. I ride a bike in the center of Boston pretty much every work day for the past 35 years. I’ve had a few incidents, all at least 25 years ago. This anecdotal evidence tells me that biking is safer now than it was in the past. Looking at biking incidents in Boston would have to be analyzed carefully because there are so many more bikers today and reporting is more uniform. I think all in all, biking is safer now.

    The one thing that I believe could be increasing incidents. Drivers being distracted by one thing, cell phones. Smart phones specifically. That phone is a phone but also can be used for texting, GPS, finding out the weather, the traffic problems, or someone is reading a blog at a stop sign. The number of drivers that go past me in Boston who have a cell phone up to their ear may be more than 50%

    Texting is illegal but talking on a cell phone is just as bad. You are not in your car when you are talking on the phone. You are floating somewhere else and your car drifts over. It’s not worth it. Listen to the Sox on the radio and turn your phone off while driving.

    If you cause an incident and cell phone records show you were on the phone you should be as ostracized as if you were driving drunk with a whiskey bottle in your lap. Picture in the paper, lose your license.

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  4. You would think doing a group ride would make you much more visable, but apparently saftey does not always come in numbers either, and training rides without traffic control are always opening the door to these kind of sad but true incidents. What scares me the most is people behind the wheel dashing off a quick innocent text. Bikers Beware! I pray for the driver and all concerned, that our hearts, minds and eyes, remain where they need to be, for the good of all.

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  5. I remember when Clair Saltonstall was killed on her bike down (by an car driver) on the other Cape back in the late 70s..Her Dad then took on the cause of improved bicycle safety – which is the key reason behind the Saltonstall bikeway from BU to P’town – so sad.
    I was hit once in Beverly – kept me road bike shy for a long time…..
    I stick to bike paths mostly now…Wish folks could be more dareful and share.

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  6. I believe the only solution is to take cellphones away people when they drive. I see this neglectful behavior all of the time on the road. When are we going to wake up?

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    1. I agree, Fred from Glosta. We’ve all had scary experiences with cell phone drivers. I was driving down Rogers Street one morning, and an SUV came at me head-on. I had nowhere to go, so I leaned on the horn. Thankfully, the driver pulled away at the last moment. I had stopped, and she just smiled and continued on with her conversation. WTF? And this was way before there was texting. One good thing is that law enforcement takes the cell phone after an accident and determines if it was in use during the incident. If it was, you’re cooked. As Paul Morrison said, it’s not just texting: “The one thing that I believe could be increasing incidents. Drivers being distracted by one thing, cell phones. Smart phones specifically. That phone is a phone but also can be used for texting, GPS, finding out the weather, the traffic problems, or someone is reading a blog at a stop sign. The number of drivers that go past me in Boston who have a cell phone up to their ear may be more than 50%
      Texting is illegal but talking on a cell phone is just as bad. You are not in your car when you are talking on the phone. You are floating somewhere else and your car drifts over. It’s not worth it. Listen to the Sox on the radio and turn your phone off while driving.” Thank you Paul.

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