High profile death a reminder for motorist to share the road wit

High profile death a reminder for motorist to share the road with cyclists

Posted: Updated:
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Former Lubbock City Councilman and County Court of Law Judge elect David Nelson's death Wednesday morning while he was on a bike ride is now serving as a reminder for motorist to share the road with cyclist.

For many cyclists getting buzzed by drivers who do not give them enough room is a common occurrence. 

"Going up a little climb and this lady, we were in the bike lane and this lady was in the bike lane coming up behind us and we were looking back at her because, just trying to be aware of our surroundings and saw that she was just in the bike lane and coming straight at us and we had to get out of the way or else she probably would've hit us," said Colton Mallett, a Lubbock cyclist.

Those close calls are usually from distracted drivers, something riders are all too familiar with.

"The thing we as cyclist generally worry about the most is somebody who isn't paying attention because we're difficult to see and set a small profile on the road," said Les Kinman, a representative with the West Texas Cycling Assoc.

While a collision is not always the cyclists fault, riders can do a few things to avoid becoming a statistic such as making yourself as visible as possibly by wearing bright clothing, using lights, and hand signals when turning. They should also ride as close to the shoulder as safely possibly. 

"Some some cyclist like myself choose to use mirrors. I use a helmet mounted mirror, others use handle mounted mirrors and then lots of folks rely on their ability to turn their head to look," Kinman said. "I try to do all of that I want as much of my surrounding as I can get."

He said it is not solely on the cyclists. Drivers must pay attention to the road.

"When you first see the cyclist, my encouragement would be to slow down as soon as you can, make sure you're aware of the cyclist and if there's a group of cyclist together. Make sure you are in a position where you can give the cyclist sufficient room as you pass them as long as it's safe and legal to do so."

DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez said it is crucial to remember cyclists have every right as anyone else on the road.

"Bicyclist have every right and unfortunately you just have to deal because bicycles aren't a speed demon," Sgt. Gonzalez said. "They aren't designed to go 70 miles-per-hour."

For now Kinman said Nelson's death is a tragic reminder of what can happen when out on the road.

"We've had unfortunately several tragedies in the area over the last couple months so you know it's something that's top of mind I think anytime we ride especially now that we've had an experience like that as close to home with somebody that we know," he said.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

    US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

    Saturday, September 21 2019 10:56 AM EDT2019-09-21 14:56:29 GMT
    Sunday, September 22 2019 12:36 PM EDT2019-09-22 16:36:26 GMT
    (Long Beach Police Department via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo released by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. Rodo...(Long Beach Police Department via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo released by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. Rodo...
    (Long Beach Police Department via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo released by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. Rodo...(Long Beach Police Department via AP, File). FILE - This undated file photo released by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows weapons and ammunition seized from a cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel who allegedly threatened a mass shooting. Rodo...
    A big rise in mass shooting tips poses challenge for police after gunmen kill 34 in California, Ohio and Texas.
    A big rise in mass shooting tips poses challenge for police after gunmen kill 34 in California, Ohio and Texas.
  • Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area

    Fifth death linked to storm that walloped Houston area

    Saturday, September 21 2019 11:56 AM EDT2019-09-21 15:56:47 GMT
    Sunday, September 22 2019 11:36 AM EDT2019-09-22 15:36:59 GMT
    (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.(Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.
    (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.(Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.
    Authorities in Texas have attributed a fifth death to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which caused widespread flooding in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana.
    Authorities in Texas have attributed a fifth death to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which caused widespread flooding in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana.
  • Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

    Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

    Friday, September 20 2019 1:56 PM EDT2019-09-20 17:56:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 22 2019 11:36 AM EDT2019-09-22 15:36:30 GMT
    Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores in the wake of string of deaths related to vaping.
    Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores in the wake of string of deaths related to vaping.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 RAMAR. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.