Good News in Sad Data

Ghost Bike- the beginning

Photo By: Velo_City

As I’ve commented on earlier this year, it’s felt like a really awful year on the safety front.  However, I think some of that feeling may come from an increase in welcome attention on cycling and cycling accidents.  It appears that while there has still been an unacceptable number of accidents and especially fatalities, it seems that this year has been safer than last year.  Additionally, things are better nationally as well:

At least 150 bicycle accidents have led to four deaths in Oklahoma this year. Sadly, the numbers are an improvement from 2009 when 11 cyclists lost their lives on the road. As more people take up cycling for transportation or as a healthy hobby, they’re concerned about safety.

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Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the number of fatalities on a national level is down 6 percent from 10 years ago, but cyclists like Scott Blackwell know there’s always a risk no matter how defensive the driving.

via Cyclists on alert as they share the road | KOSU Radio.

And while there is nothing to cheer about with any fatality, that while ridership is up,  fatalities are dropping is a sign that cyclists are being noticed and that things are getting better.

Accident Victim Recovers to Ride Again

Yeah, it’s another accident story, but this one has a happy ending.  This is a nice story about Russell Hinckley who was injured last year but has made a nice recovery and was able to ride Freewheel this year:

An Edmond man injured in a car-bicycle accident near Lake Hefner last year was back on the road again in a weeklong bicycle ride across the state in June.

via Edmond man recovers from car-bicycle accident to ride across the state |

Another Cycling Fatality

I’m really getting tired and upset reporting on cyclists deaths in Oklahoma.  This is purely anecdotal, but I don’t remember this many fatal accidents in recent memory.  Last night, a man was killed near Woodward while riding at night.  The story doesn’t give many details, but implies that the man was riding without proper lighting.  However, I’m not generally inclined to trust police descriptions of bicycle accidents.

You can read the limited details here: Okla man killed while riding bike on highway –

Help Requested in Identifying Cyclist

Update 07/17/2010 6:35 PM: This appears to be an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run crash.  Click here for details

Steve Schlegel of Schelgel Bicycles just posted this on a couple of the area mailing lists and I thought it was very worth of being passed along . . .

I was just notified to a mishap involving an un identified rider. OKC Police are needing assistance in identifying a rider. Please contact OKC POLICE if you think you know this rider as he had no id on him.

Description Given:
Male, approx. 35-40 years of age. Wearing a Yellow Jersey, riding a Black Specialized bicycle was involved in an accident. This accident occurred this Sat. AM in the area of Midwest Blvd and NW 122nd st. Bike has yellow side wall tires.

This is all the info I presently have been given…If you think you might know who this rider may be, please contact OCPD by calling 911.

Edmond Cyclist Killed

Sad news as yet another cyclist is killed in the metro area:

A bicyclist was hit and killed by a truck on Kelly Avenue near Main Street in Edmond on Thursday.

The victim’s name was not immediately released. He appeared to be an adult male, Edmond police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said. The man was riding a bicycle on a sidewalk about 5:45 p.m. and lost control as he entered Kelly Avenue, Chu said. He collided with a truck and died at the scene. It wasn’t immediately known whether the victim was wearing a helmet.

Via: Six killed by accidents on Oklahoma roadways |

Bicyclist Killed in Accident in Oklahoma City

A cyclist has been killed here in Oklahoma City tonight.  From

About 9:15 p.m., James Smith II, 60, was riding southbound on his bicycle in the outside lane of N Rockwell Avenue near the Northwest Expressway when he made a sharp left turn, Holland said. The minivan was driving behind Smith and its driver could not stop in time or avoid him, and Smith hit the windshield and was then run over.

Bicyclist hit, killed in Oklahoma City |

It is always very sad to hear about such a tragedy.  This acts as a sad reminder that we should all be safe out there especially at night.