Friday, March 7, 2014

Delaware Bicycle Council's Stunning New Driver Awareness Video

In June of 2012, long time cyclist, Bob Wheeler, died immediately following a crash with a motorist at the intersection of Marsh Rd and Baynard Blvd in North Wilmington. The motorist was making a left turn and failed to yield to Bob. She was sentenced under the Vulnerable Users Law. The following video is the product of the community service element of her sentence which required her to participate in the making of a motorist awareness video under the auspices of the Delaware Bicycle Council. Click on the image below to open the video:

In 2010, Delaware passed a law to protect vulnerable users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. The law creates additional penalties, including education and community services, for motorists whose careless or inattentive behavior contributes to the serious injury of a vulnerable user who is lawfully in the public right of way.

Road safety, in terms of education and enforcement are not the most glamorous aspects of bicycle advocacy. Without the efforts of the Delaware Bicycle Council, and advocates working alongside them on these issues, Delaware would not have come close to achieving its award as a Bronze top 10 Bicycle-Friendly State. For a complete rundown of who's advocating for on-road safety and infrastructure, and a list of current projects and proposals, check out our ongoing series "Who is advocating for on-road safety in Delaware"

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