Two years ago, one of my dearest friends lost her life when she was riding her bike near her home on an early Thursday morning. Although following the rules of the road, she was still hit by a car and died at the scene.
I’m reminded of her death every single day as I navigate my way across campus. Bike riders, both students and adults, behave as if those “rules of the road” do not apply to them. I’ve seen so many riders blow through a stop sign without the slightest indication of slowing down, blatantly ignore traffic lights and ride on the wrong side of the road.
Bikers, please understand that you are taking your life into your hands every time you ride. Wear a helmet and pay attention to the rules of the road and abide by them. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love in a bike accident. Let’s hope your family and friends won’t have to experience what I did.
Karen Croake Heisler
Department of Film, Television and Theatre
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