Cyclist’s Death Prompts Call for Safety Education
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The fatal cycling accident involving a St. Louis physician has Trailnet calling for a different way of thinking about transportation.
Dr. Jennifer Cole, an anesthesiologist at St. Louis Childrens’ Hospital, died Saturday in Jersey County. Illinois State police will not file charges against the driver that hit her.
Trailnet Executive Director Ann Mack says cars, bikes and pedestrians all need to better share the roads, which she points out are designed specifically for cars.
“Since the late fifties, we’ve been designing only for a single-passenger car. Considering that more and more of the aging population will not be driving, the current one-third of Americans that don’t drive a car is going to way increase,” she says.
Mack would like to see a well-funded safety education campaign, much like the one to encourage seatbelt usage.
She says: “One of the most important things is to start designing our roads so that we can all safely move on them.”
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