The usual routine: Car + bike = death and destruction for cyclist. Online article + comments section = idiot chimes in and says “quit bitching and get off the damn roads, they are designed for vehicles, not bicycles.”
My tax dollars pay for the roads. Bicycles are 100% legal to operate on the roadway. Cyclists have a right to the roadway.
Cyclists expressed grief and anger Monday after a weekend crash that left an Aloha cyclist dead.
Timothy O’Donnell, 66, was riding on Northwest Cornelius-Schefflin Road when he was hit Saturday by a 2006 Dodge Avenger while signaling a left turn onto Long Road, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. O’Donnell, who was with four other riders from the Portland Velo cycling group, died at the scene.
The driver was cited for careless driving, passing in a no-passing zone and driving with a suspended license. She may receive a maximum fine of $1,115.
The incident has sparked some strong reactions in the cycling community and has focused attention on House Bill 3314, which would increase the penalties on a motorist if careless driving contributed to the serious injury or death of a cyclist or other “vulnerable users,” such as pedestrians. The bill passed out of the Senate Rules Committee on Monday and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote next week.
To be clear, Iâ€™m referring to the comment section and not the original article.
Why is it, even when the cyclist is obeying the traffic laws and the driver is â€œpassing in a no-passing zone and driving with a suspended licenseâ€ that people feel the need to bring up some cyclist who blew a stop sign once in a different town. The only thing that matters in this instance is the two parties involved. One was obeying the traffic laws, one was not. One is alive today, one is not.by