Bicycle advocates calling for change after a third cyclist collides with a vehicle


“We don’t want to be in front of you, just as you don’t want to be behind us.”

For the third time in a week, a bicyclist has been seriously injured or killed in a crash with an automobile.

“It’s preventable and it’s all around tragic.”

Friday morning, one person was injured on Airline Highway and one week ago, a woman was killed near the intersection of 12th Street and North Blvd.

“It happens all the time and there is not a willingness to change the road design so that it happens less” said Doug Moore, Vice President of Bike Baton Rouge.

Cyclist Todd Wimberly and his son say, they don’t ride on roads because of those incidents.

“Baton Rouge is a bad representation for bicycle safety. Cars don’t really pay attention to bike riders said Wimberly.

Doug Moore with Bike Baton Rouge said, while the city has some bike lanes, sharing those lanes with vehicles can prove dangerous.

“A lot of times a bike rider is just trying to cross the street and wasn’t fast enough and that’s because we have roads such as airline highway six lanes going 50 miles per hour” said Moore.

Wimberly said, you should take extra precaution while cycling

“Don’t expect that they see you.

Moore said, it’s up to law makers to spin the wheels of change.

“People have yelled at me a lot over the years, you know get out of the road. Well I would love to, help me do that. Talk to your metro council member, talk to the mayor, talk to DOTD. Help get dedicated infrastructure built so that we’re not having to have this negative interaction.”

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