Bike group urges more safety after cyclist dies from highway accident

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 5:12 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - One cycling group is urging drivers and cyclists to be more careful on the road after an accident claimed the life of a Chesterfield man on Friday.

Chesterfield police said Michael Lewis Sr. was riding his bike along Jefferson Davis Highway when he was struck by a car merging from Chippenham Parkway.

Lewis later died at VCU Medical Center.

“Every traffic fatality is preventable and is a function of driver behavior as well as the built environment,” said Brantley Tyndall with Bike Walk RVA.

Tyndall said cyclists still need to do their part. The law requires cyclists to keep lights on the front and back of their bikes at night, along with adjusting their position for more visibility.

“You’re not off to the side, you’re not obscured by anything, but you’re kind of very front and center so that drivers have an easier time seeing you,” Tyndall said.

He said that research shows that speed-related pedestrian deaths in Richmond rose 39% last year.

Tyndall said he’s seen more progress toward preventative measures near the Virginia Capital Trail and the upcoming Fall Line Trail in Chesterfield. Tyndall says the Fall Line Trail is near the area of the deadly crash.

Tyndall said the trail “would be a dedicated biking and walking path that very likely could have been used by this cyclist.”

“People work at odd hours at any time during the day, and so you have to be able to build infrastructure that works for anyone,” Tyndall said.

Chesterfield Police said the driver of the car did stay on scene, and that Lewis’s bike did have a light on it, but they’re working to determine if it worked or not at the time of the crash.

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