Last week, Tucson cyclist, Brendan Lyons and his girlfriend Lorena Evans were struck by a car while out on a ride celebrating Lorena’s birthday. They were riding a popular route and in the bike lane when an inattentive driver smashed into the back of them. Brenden just so happens to be a member of the local fire department and the man behind the local movement Look! Save A Life / Arizona.
We have been reporting on these types of incidents for quite some time but this one has a twist we have never seen before. Brendan just happens to have his computer with him while he is laying in that Level 1 trauma bed. He is fired up and reaching out to anybody he can think of to use his unfortunate situation to bring attention to cyclist safety. He has already had some local news coverage and has even met with a couple of state representatives to help get his message out. Brendan reached out to me this afternoon asking if the DC community could help spread the word and I am more than happy to help.
We chatted briefly and I was deeply moved by the exchange. Here is a little bit of what he had to say:
“It is very important to me to see change so that this does not happen to anyone else. Even if I could help save just 1 life, I will surely have made a difference.”
Brendan is determined to keep moving forward with his mission of getting drivers to actually see cyclist on the road. He broke it down a little more for us here:
“Look! Save a Life / Arizona is a campaign to promote cycling safety and awareness. Many cyclists are unaware of, or choose not to ride according to the laws which govern the use of public roads. Most drivers only expect to see other cars on the road, or even deny the right of cyclists to be on the road at all. (Or worse yet, feel cyclists should not be on the roads at all.) That creates a disconnection between what drivers expect and what cyclists do on the road. These problems culminate in at best, apathy towards cyclists, and at worst, deliberate, hostile, unsafe, and possibly fatal confrontations between drivers and cyclists. My hope is to “Realize that we can not change personalities, but to help in better changing the “attitudes” drivers and cyclists have for one another.”
Technology has allowed us the ability to communicate with our injured friend while he is laying in a hospital bed, and it will help us spread the word far and wide. If you would like to drop him a get well soon note or show your support for his cause, hit him up on the Look! Save A Life page.
Spread the word.