More and more people are taking to getting around the area on two wheels instead of four. More bicycles sharing the road means that more bicyclists are being hit and injured or killed by motorists. In Northern Virginia, a bicyclist was recently killed. Elizabeth Shattuck of Falls Church, Virginia, was hit while crossing Columbia Pike in Arlington. Numbers bicycle-motor vehicle collisions with injurise have been rising in Fairfax County and across the country since 2010.
Fairfax County is developing a county-wide bicycle master plan. however, it will be years before it is approved and implemented.
Biking is an enjoyable activity. I loved biking when I was a child. It gave me freedom and responsibility. My children loved riding when they were young, and my grandchildren are beginning to learn the challenges and joys of bike riding.
It is more dangerous than ever out there for bicyclists who now compete for road space with motorists, some of whom still have not learned the lesson that driving while texting or talking on the phone is dangerous (and stupid).
- MAKE SURE your children wear helmets.
- MAKE SURE you do, too.
- MAKE SURE your children know the rules of the road and where and when it is safe to ride.
- FIND PLACES for them to ride that reduce their exposure to automobile traffic.
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