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‘It’s getting an increasing number of harmful to experience your bike on this city’
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — A memorial is being held in Bend this Saturday to honor cyclists killed or injured by impaired drivers and name for extra steps to make biking safer.
Karen Kenlan helps set up the memorial bike experience and thinks bike security in Bend has not likely improved over time.
“I feel it’s gotten worse,” Kenlan stated Thursday.
The experience, which begins at Commons Cafe and goes down Galveston Avenue and again, additionally honors all who’ve been injured or killed by impaired drivers.
Stone was killed on Dodds Street in 2019 and Wolf on Century Drive this previous august.
Kenlan feels with the rise in inhabitants, bike security is as massive a priority now because it was in 2019.
“It’s an actual factor, and it’s occurring, and it’s getting an increasing number of harmful to experience your bike on this city,” Kenlan stated.
Robin Lewis is a transportation engineer for the Metropolis of Bend and stated from 2012-2019, there have been two deaths within the Metropolis of Bend involving an individual using a bicycle.
“Not too usually on the town however we now have had over the course of the years, a number of,” Lewis stated.
She stated whereas Stone and Wolf’s crashes weren’t on metropolis roads, the town says it is always making an attempt to enhance security.
“Decrease-stress amenities, extra safety, extra separation, but in addition integrating them up and linking them up right into a related community, undoubtedly what we heard from the group,” Lewis stated.
Lewis stated the town is implementing buffered and guarded bike lanes, andneighborhood greenways and can proceed so as to add security measures.
However in the intervening time, Kenlan nonetheless doesn’t really feel secure.
“I simply fear that individuals don’t see me, or I fear that they’re taking a look at their cellphones,” she stated. “And it simply takes two seconds to float onto the shoulder — and in the event you’re using your bike, that may very well be two seconds the place you’re hit from behind.”
Kenlan hopes the memorial experience can honor those that had been killed, and lift consciousness for the bigger drawback.
“It’s straightforward to simply overlook, you recognize?” she stated. “Someone will get killed, and also you’re upset about it someday, and nothing occurs. Nicely, this could’t preserve occurring.”
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