Biking can be a fantastic mode of transportation. It’s healthy, it’s cheap compared to a car, and it’s great for the environment. Riding outside during a nice day can be a great way to spend an afternoon, and most big cities have plenty of great bike trails designed where you can ride and experience the outdoors with your family. As people become more fitness and environmentally conscious, biking is becoming a more and more favored way to get around. No matter where you are in a big city, you’ll probably see many people biking along the side of the roads along with the vehicles.
Bikes are generally safer than cars—after all, someone falling off their bike is unlikely to be as hurt as someone who gets into a high-speed collision in their vehicle. But still, that doesn’t mean they are completely safe. As this personal injury website says, bikes do not have very much protection for when you’re traveling on the road. If a car collides with a bicycle, because the cars are so much larger and going at much higher speeds, the rider will likely end up injured or worse.
Recently, the city of Burlington, Iowa was devastated by the result of a tragic bike accident. Darryl Hensley (nicknamed “The Mad Hatter”) was a popular DJ in the town who’d been working as a host for KZEV-FM radio station since the 1970s. He was a member of the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was a key figure in the development of the city’s music scene. He was well known for his sense of humor, featuring a large repertoire of comedic impressions and political commentary. Though he’d stepped back from the role of being a regular host in recent years, he was still involved in running the radio station KBUR.
Hensley was killed while returning from dinner with a local bike club. A car struck him as he was attempting to make a left turn, flinging him off the hood of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs, who said he had died instantly due to the trauma of the car accident.
Hensley was an avid biker and had been for years. But even experienced bikers are vulnerable to accidents. When you ride a bicycle, you must be aware of your place on the road, and how vulnerable you are. Drivers will be looking out to avoid hitting you, but it can be difficult to miss a fast moving person riding a small vehicle. If they’re not expecting it or not paying the proper attention., an accident may occur too quickly for them to react. When you’re riding, making sure that you’re always keeping an eye out and staying aware of your surroundings. Always wear a helmet and, if you’re biking at night, reflective gear. Biking is fun, but you need to stay smart to protect yourself so that fun isn’t ruined by an injury or death.