Thursday, August 12, 2010

Some Important Updates

Riders Death
A detailed crash analysis puts the blame for Allen Belonger's death on bad driving by a 16-year-old boy, who turned a pickup into the path of the cyclist on a rural Iowa County road more than a year ago.
Authorities in Iowa County, however, have taken no action - no ticket for failing to yield the right of way and no criminal charges for killing Belonger.
The members of Waukesha's Spring City Spinners Bicycle Club want to know why.
In a letter mailed to Iowa County District Attorney Larry Nelson, the leaders of the group, Belonger's widow and the executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin demand at least an answer, if not an official action that acknowledges the driver did something wrong.
"It is our opinion that there must be some official condemnation of his actions," the group says. "Otherwise, the public may very well and possibly quite reasonably conclude that your county does not take the safety and rights of bicyclists seriously.
"That type of attitude can only lead to a greater disrespect of cyclists' rights and therefore to more tragedy, not only in Iowa County, but throughout the state."

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