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.
Pedestrian Accidents: 5 Ways to Stay Safe
On February 13, 2016, a man was struck by a vehicle on Fifth Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The 65-year-old man was crossing the street with two other men when he was struck by a 2011 blue Toyota RAV4. According to the men who were walking with the deceased, they had a ‘do not cross’ hand signal and the traffic light was green for oncoming traffic.
The other two men stopped at the median, but the deceased continued into the next lane right in front of the Toyota. The driver of the Toyota tried to miss the man but could not. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene of the pedestrian accident. [Read more…]
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…]
Whether you like to drive, bike, or ride as your main source of transportation, you have something in common with every single person on the road: you have been a pedestrian at some point in your life.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Everyone Is a Pedestrian” campaign seeks to educate people about safe walking.
This is an extremely important subject: each year, thousands of pedestrians are killed in the United States. [Read more…]