Cyclist safety a concern after latest death

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the cycling community grows in Austin, it is important for cyclists to know the proper safety techniques when on two wheels.

GOING IN-DEPTH // ID Bracelet

  • One company, RoadID, makes tags that attach to your wrist, shoes or your pet.
  • They also have a smart phone app.
  • The information makes it easier for paramedics to help if you’re hurt cycling, running, or doing anything else.

John Fusselman was riding on the shoulder of the road this past weekend when a car hit and killed him.

Paramedic Randy Vickery witnessed the crash that killed John. He knew John’s medical needs and notified his family based on the information on John’s road ID bracelet.

“When you have some type of a bracelet or an ID that gives us that information,” Vickery said, “it gives us a little step ahead to take care of you in a critical time of need.”

For preventing future crashes, the local nonprofit  ‘Please Be Kind to Cyclists’ promotes a common sense approach to ensure all cyclists stay safe on the road.

They say cyclists should always: wear a reflective vest, put away distractions such as wearing headphones, and give at least 25 feet of space before making a stop.

Important tips for drivers to remember when coexisting with cyclists include: do not pass in non-passing lanes, make sure to always give three feet of clearance and always double check before exiting your car.

The driver in the crash says she didn’t see Fusselman as she made a right turn. Police have not charged her.

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