Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fairport meeting to focus on sharing the road with cyclists

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This is a corrected version of the post.

As a triathlete, Mary Eggers logs plenty of time on her bicycle.

But after her friend, Fairport teacher Heather Boyum, was killed last month while riding in Penfield, she’s been hesitant to ride on the road. It didn’t help that, shortly after that tragedy, a friend was run off the road by a large truck. For the next few weeks, Eggers rode indoors on a trainer.

But Boyum’s tragic death inspired Eggers and several other area cyclists to organize a meeting to talk about keeping cyclists safe on the road. Interest grew, so it will include several speakers, including MVP Health Care cycling team director Todd Scheske and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn. (More information is available here.)

That meeting is taking place tonight, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fairport High School, and the event’s Facebook page shows that more than 200 people say they are going. It is open to the public.

Cyclists have the legal right to ride on roads — with some exceptions, including expressways like I-490 — but they also have the obligation to ride single file, ride with traffic, and obey traffic signals and stop signs.

Boyum, however, was doing all of the things she was supposed to, Eggers says. One driver involved in the incident was charged with manslaughter and another driver was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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