Riding a bicycle in winter can be tricky, especially when weather leads to poor road conditions and visibility is at a minimum. Even so, some people choose to commute by bike or ride for recreation during the coldest months in Alaska. By taking the right precautions to reduce your risk of an accident, you can safely ride a bicycle in Anchorage this winter.
Glenn Highway, especially near the Knik River Bridge, has an unfortunate history when it comes to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. In March of 2014, one person died and five others were injured on the northbound side of the highway. This occurred when a pickup truck driving southbound crossed the median and ran head-on into an RV, later hitting a van. The highway was shut down, leading to traffic and complications on other roads throughout the area. [Read more…]
Biking is a great way to get around whether you’re heading to work or simply looking to get out of the house for a bit. Biking can save you money on expenses like gas, parking, and car maintenance. It can help you get in shape and improve your endurance. In addition, biking allows you to really explore and get to know the area you’re living or working in. If you’re healthy adult and the weather is cooperating, there really are many, many reasons to reach for the bike helmet instead of the car keys. However, unfortunately, biking can present some dangers. Jeff Dusenbury’s story demonstrates those dangers all too well.
Jeff Dusenbury was a 51-year-old experienced bicyclist who could frequently be found pedaling his way all around Anchorage (Boots, 2014). Unfortunately, one Saturday, he fell victim to one of the biggest dangers facing bike riders: cars. Dusenbury was riding on a residential street in South Anchorage on a Saturday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck (Boots, 2014). The incident was fatal. [Read more…]
Last month, more than 100 people showed up at an impromptu memorial for a 51-year-old bicyclist killed in a hit and run.
For the late Jeff Dusenbury, cycling was clearly one of his favorite pastimes, and he was an experienced cyclist: his friends said, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, that “it was nothing” for him to pedal from his home to Girdwood or Eklutna Lake.
He was known as a very safety-conscious rider. This is why family, friends, and neighbors of Dusenbury were shocked when Dusenbury was hit and killed on a quiet, residential street just a few blocks from his home. [Read more…]
Did you know that in 2012, nearly two people each day in the U.S. lost their lives in a bicycle/motor vehicle crash? Over the course of the year, 726 people were killed in such accidents—2 percent of the total number of people killed and injure in all traffic crashes in 2012.
If you are bicyclist in Anchorage—either a hardcore cyclist or a causal rider who likes to get around town on two wheels—these numbers may not surprise you. Chances are, you’ve likely had a close call or two when pedaling on public roadways.
According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, bicycle injuries most commonly occur in the following manners:
As you can see, injuries caused by crashes with cars were the most common. Drivers are not always careful around bicyclists, especially when distracted by their phone, GPS, kids in the back seat, etc. When riding your bicycle in Anchorage, please use extreme caution—not every driver knows how to react to a bicyclist near his or her vehicle.
If you have been injured in a bicycle crash or pedestrian accident caused by the negligent action of another, contact an experienced Anchorage bicycle accident injury lawyer today.
From all of us at Kelley & Canterbury LLC, please keep an eye out for cyclists in our community. Doing so could save the life of a fellow Anchorage citizen!
Unfortunately, not all cycling ends without injury, and many cyclists in Alaska find themselves in the terrible situation of going head-to-head with a moving car or truck.
If you’re ever in a collision with a car when cycling, there are certain steps you should and shouldn’t take. A recent article from Bicycling discusses how to handle this unfortunate situation. [Read more…]