More than 1,000 cyclists pedaled around Newport Beach on Sunday, October 28, 2012 in memory of two riders who died last month in separate hit-and-runs.
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People of all ages participated in the mile-long ride, which aimed to spread awareness about and raise money for bicycle safety, as well as commemorate Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion Ritz and Sarah Leaf.
David W. McGill, deputy chief and patrol/traffic division commander of the Newport Beach Police Department, said cyclists and drivers alike should know the rules of the road.
“The streets were made for cars,” he said. “There’s no getting around that. But our goal right now is education. This event, and events like this, is going to help educate the public, not only the motorists but also the bicyclists. People have got to know the rules of the road and what bicyclists can and can’t do. This is one event of many that are going to be coming up in the city.”
“Improved safety comes from those two entities understanding each other and showing compassion for one another,” he said. “We can paint all kinds of things on roads and put all kinds of signs up, but until the individuals in the cars are aware of what’s going on, and until the bicyclists follow the traffic laws, then safety will be even greater than it is today.”
Negligent motorists often cause bike accidents by opening a car door into a cyclist’s path or not paying adequate attention while driving.
There is very little protection for a rider involved in a bicycle accident and bicycle injuries can be severe. If you have been involved in a bike accident, you should contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.