City promotes bike safety after cyclist was involved in crash | KOB 4

City promotes bike safety after cyclist was involved in crash

August 06, 2018 06:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque prides itself on being a bike-friendly city. But on Monday morning, a driver hit a bicyclist from behind on Yale, near Gibson.


The suspect’s vehicle is described as an orange truck with a UNM license plate. Officer Drobik said it will likely have heavy front-end damage.

The driver will face serious charges, once caught.

“It’s definitely a felony leaving the scene of the accident with bodily harm but if this person passes away it could be vehicular homicide,” said Drobik.

The crash brings new attention to bike safety in Albuquerque. Cyclists have been the focus of many city projects and plans in the past.

“I ride it everywhere,” said Anne Muller, a local resident. “I do not drive unless I’m going out of town.”

Many people in Albuquerque will notice designated bike lanes. In addition to creating those bike lanes, the city says it focuses on education as well.

“It's kind of like walking safety, everyone can walk, everyone can ride a bike, but because our roads become more complicated, I think we do really need to think about how are we going to ride effectively on the road,” said Chuck Malagodi, an Albuquerque Parks and Rec Program Coordinator.

Malagodi said the focus is on cyclists and drivers.

“We teach them things like driving with the flow of traffic, we teach them the importance of following traffic control devices,” said Malagodi. “We teach them how to be visible.”

But bike lanes and education aside, Malagodi said there's always a need to continue making improvements.

“One of the things I’d love to see one day is the courts to actually mandate bicycle and pedestrian safety for drivers,” he said.  



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