Jeff Littmann passed away today. Littman is the eighth bicyclist killed by a motor vehicle in Wisconsin in 2010.
It's such a waste to lose someone who has positively touched so many lives. But we need to also remember the other victims of major crashes here in Waukesha County. I can think of four major bike crashes in the past year:
Last week - Jeff Littmann and Lauren Jensen on CTH C in Nashota
July - Travis Weber, who was crossing STH 164 on the New Berlin Trail in Waukesha
June - Benton Reed on Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield
June - Brett Netke, on Highway 18 near Dousman.
Enough is enough!
I hope that we can somehow honor all of these victims (and remember Brett, Benton, and Jeff) by having a motorist education campaign. Judging from the comments on the JS Online comment board, a lot of people don't seem to think that cyclists a right to use the road. I even had a conversation with a co-worker this morning who thought that cyclists should ride AGAINST traffic. Unfortunately I couldn't convince him that not only was that illegal, it would be highly dangerous!
We are hoping to work with the Bike Fed to put together some sort of education campaign to educate motorists about the rights and responsibilities that cyclists have on our roads. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, contact us or comment below.