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Two recent cycling deaths in San Antonio prompt renewed call for extra safety measures

Two recent cycling deaths in San Antonio prompt renewed call for extra safety measures

Dismount sign (SBG photo). SAN ANTONIO – In the wake of two bicylcists’ deaths in recent days on San Antonio streets, the push for more…

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Dismount sign (SBG photo). SAN ANTONIO – In the wake of two bicylcists’ deaths in recent days on San Antonio streets, the push for more safety measures is getting renewed attention.

Last week, a cyclist on the Salado Creek Greenway died when he was hit by a car while crossing the Loop 410 access road near the Los Patios entrance. Last night, another cyclist died when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver near the Quarry.

How to slow cars down and watch out for bicycles is a challenge the city has been trying to address for years. Now there is renewed urgency.

"There are signs for cyclists to stop and dismount but a mistake on either side shouldn’t have to cost your life," says Kari Kuwamura, executive director of Activate SA, about last week’s tragedy on the 410 access road. Kari Kuwamura is the executive director of Activate SA (SBG photo). Craig Gulledge was riding his bike on the Greenway when he came up to the treacherous spot where cars go 40 miles per hour or faster.

"If you’re not a road cyclist, it’s a little bit scary," Kuwumura says.

We watched dozens of cyclists navigate that tricky crossing today. Some dismounted. Most didn’t.

"At the last minute, I realized this is more like a frontage road that we’re crossing that usually people carry high speeds through," says Todd Smith, who was riding the Greenway today.In collisions between bikes and cars, the result is often fatal for the unprotected cyclist. It cost Gulledge, […]

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