Tragic growing pains?

We've had a tragic week in Central Indiana with regards to bike riders, and cars. Three fatalities in less than a week. It's hard to wrap your head around.

Indianapolis also reelected it's Mayor last night. One of the reasons may have been his overwhelming particiaption, and support of cycling.

The two things are not mutally exclusive.

The more places people have to ride, the more people will ride. That's the common perception. I happen to believe it's true. There is also a much higher probability that those cyclists will encounter motor vehilcles.

We (people in, and around, the bike industry) spend a lot of time talking about the rights of people who want to ride bicycles. It's a necesssary endeveour. This is a car culture, and there are some who don't think the bicycle is a legitimate form of transportation.

My hope is that we will continue to talk about the rights of cyclists. We also need to talk about responsibility. Those of bike riders, and motorists. Education has to be part of the process.

My heart goes out to the families of the cyclists who died. Watch out for yourselves, each other and continue to ride on.

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