Death of former councilman puts new focus on bicycle safety

Recent focus on bicycle safety
Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 at 5:28 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The recent death of former Councilman J. David Nelson has put a new emphasis on bicycle safety.

Nelson was a big advocate for bike safety and just a few months ago was recognized along with the West Texas Cycling Association for proclaiming May as Bicycle Safety Month. Now, bike safety is being brought up again and stressed by cyclists across Lubbock County.

"I think it makes every cyclist a little bit nervous and a little bit sad," Greg Davis, owner of DFC Cycles and Fitness, said. "Every time we hear one of these accidents certainly when there is fatalities it's scary."

The best advice Hub City cyclists have for everyone, whether you are a motorist or a cyclist, is to be aware.

"Car versus bikes, bikes always lose," Davis said. "The things we can do to alleviate that is for everyone to be more mindful."

Cyclists should get some bright color clothes to wear to make them easily visible when riding. As for motorists, it is important to stay away from distractions when on the road and keep an eye out for bicyclists.

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