By India Timpton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – A Clay bicyclist was hit from behind on the morning of June 11 and later was pronounced dead. A local bike shop believes that not every accident is preventable, but they can do what they can to keep their patrons safe.
Mello Velo Bicycle Shop and Cafe have been in the Syracuse area since 2009. In that time their consistently growing consumer base was one of the main reasons they opened up the new shop on Canal Street, which is less then 10 miles from where today’s deadly hit and run took place.
They encourage bikers to:
- Keep up the maintenance on their bikes
- To wear helmets
- Follow all traffic laws
- To never ride against traffic
- Be aware of motorists and expect them to be unpredictable
- To attach flash lights to their bikes
And to always use bike lanes when possible. New York State is one of many, nationwide who have now put legislation on wearing helmets for some riders. In Syracuse, anyone 14 years old or younger is required to wear one, while those older are highly encouraged.
Long time Mello Velo employee, Neil Hueber says that in the last 10 years the number of people riding bikes in the Syracuse area has grown a lot causing the city to create more lanes and to install separate lights for bikers, but that more can still be done to keep them safer.
With gas prices increasing to over $3 a gallon as of recently, this causes some to use two wheels instead of four to get around. The summer sun will bring out many more riders Hueber says, as it allows them to get some fresh air, get to take in the scenery, and also arrive to places quicker.