FARGO — Two bicyclists have died within the space not too long ago after being struck by automobiles: one whereas driving on a state freeway close to Jamestown and the opposite on Interstate 29 close to Brookings, South Dakota.
In each instances, costs are pending towards the car drivers, serving as a stark reminder of the tasks folks bear when heading out onto a roadway.
Tom Smith, proprietor of Nice Northern Bicycle Firm, mentioned his coronary heart sinks each time he hears a few crash involving a bike owner.
“It’s one other human being sharing that public proper of method with you. … There actually is an excessive amount of accountability on these motorists,” Smith mentioned.
Nonetheless, it’s additionally as much as cyclists to make good choices about which roads they journey on, the time they select to journey and making themselves extremely seen to drivers always, he mentioned.
North Dakota Freeway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind mentioned all motorists must search for smaller automobiles like bikes and bicycles, and slower-moving automobiles like farm implements and huge vehicles coming off a farm subject strategy.
“There are lots of various kinds of automobiles that share the street in North Dakota, and we should be ready for that,” Niewind mentioned.
Each bicycling fatalities occurred in the midst of the day; the newest was on Sunday, June 19.
Timothy Wayne St. John, 20, of Northbrook, Illinois, died when the bicycle he was driving was hit from behind
by a pickup truck on State Freeway 20 about 10 miles north of Jamestown shortly after 12:30 p.m.
James Lees, 78, of Jamestown, did not yield to the bicycle and struck the rear tire, pushing the bicycle and rider into the ditch, the Freeway Patrol mentioned.
The patrol mentioned Lees left the scene however returned, and St. John was declared lifeless after emergency personnel arrived.
The bike owner was sporting a helmet. Prices towards Lees, who was not injured, are pending.
Earlier this month, a Canadian man on a fundraising journey was hit by a big truck whereas driving his bike on I-29 about 17 miles north of Brookings round 11:52 a.m. on June 9.
Jean-Pierre Petit, 53, was biking from his residence in Winnipeg
to Sizzling Springs, Arkansas, in an effort to boost cash for a granddaughter’s medical situation.
Petit was sporting a helmet however sustained life-threatening accidents and died 4 days later in a Sioux Falls hospital.
Prices are pending towards the truck driver, Mark Akkerman, 65, of Brandon, South Dakota, in connection to the deadly crash.
Cyclists are allowed to journey on the interstate in South Dakota and North Dakota, however the two are within the minority, as many states prohibit bicycles from interstate techniques, with exceptions, as a result of greater speeds and site visitors volumes.
Niewind mentioned bicycle fatalities most frequently happen not on interstates however on county roads or state highways, the place shoulders are narrower.
Underneath North Dakota regulation, bicyclists will need to have a white gentle on the entrance of their bike and a crimson reflector on the again when driving at evening.
Nonetheless, cyclists ought to do far more, even through the daytime, to make themselves safer and extra seen to drivers, Smith mentioned.
Strobing tail lights on a motorcycle will be a focus for any motorist from as much as a mile away, Smith mentioned, day or evening, giving them ample time to react.
Carrying a helmet can be vital.
Riders may use small, helmet-mounted mirrors to see what’s arising behind them, however utilizing their ears additionally works nicely.
“A chunk of apparatus to go away at house is the headphones, as a result of your ears are an amazing protection,” Smith mentioned.
Driving in bigger teams is safer, as is selecting roads with lighter site visitors quantity and wider shoulders, he mentioned.
Niewind agreed that cyclists ought to put on reflective or vivid colours to make themselves extra seen, simply as a development employee would in a piece zone.
Nonetheless, there are not any legal guidelines in North Dakota dictating that.
The bike owner who was killed close to Jamestown was not sporting reflective clothes, he mentioned.
Niewind has these further reminders for drivers and riders: Don’t be distracted by cellphones or consuming, and take note of what’s forward of you 1 / 4 mile, half mile and a mile down the street, giving time to start defensive driving maneuvers or evasive actions.
“We do have sure instances of the day, sure days of the week, the place we have now extra site visitors, and pay attention to that when you’re out driving,” he mentioned.
window.fbAsyncInit = function() FB.init(
appId : '609251773492423',
xfbml : true, version : 'v2.9' ); ;
(function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));