Cyclists often ride year-round in Louisiana thanks to the warm weather and easygoing atmosphere, but drivers who are visiting the area may not be thinking about the potential for cyclists on or around the roads.
With earlier evenings added to the mix, it’s possible that cyclists riding at dusk or during the night could end up getting hit by drivers who aren’t paying attention or thinking about the risk of cyclists being around them. Unfortunately, it is most likely that the car or truck is going to “win” in that interaction.
Cyclists deserve to be safe on the roads
Since bicycling and walking are becoming more popular, it’s common to see both cyclists and pedestrians on and around the roads. These individuals are at a major disadvantage because the reality is that a large moving vehicle is likely to cause serious damage and injuries in a collision.
In 2019, 22 people were killed while riding their bicycles in Louisiana. Another 728 people were injured. Around 59% of those accidents were alcohol-related, which is why drivers and cyclists should always drive or ride sober.
Being a responsible road user
It’s necessary for cyclists, pedestrians, truckers and passenger-vehicle drivers to be reasonable, responsible road users. Cyclists need to follow a few specific laws, such as:
- Wearing reflective clothing when riding
- Never biking while impaired
- Remaining alert on the roads
Drivers can help by doing the following things:
- Slowing down when a cyclist is nearby
- Giving plenty of room when passing a cyclist
- Staying alert when driving
- Never driving while impaired
- Being aware of the risk of cyclists being on the roads
Safety is the responsibility of every road user
Whether you are a cyclist, pedestrian, truck driver or passenger vehicle driver, you need to be cautious when you’re on or around the roads. Everyone is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of those around them. If you’re drunk, too tired to drive, distracted or otherwise unable to drive safely, stay off the roads. Doing this will help protect you, your family and friends and others with whom you share the roadways.