The entire community has been buzzing about the hit-and-run incident on Route 26 last Friday night involving a young man from Belarus, who was struck by a car while riding his bike along Route 26.
Opinions have bounced from the roads not being wide enough for bicyclists to the perils of driving while impaired to the proliferation of bicyclists riding down dark roads at night. While the scope of conversation has been wide, the collective feeling of empathy for the young man seriously injured that night has been unified.
Let’s not just look at this as an unfortunate incident, however.
As Ocean City, Md. and Rehoboth Beach have learned all too often, increased traffic and population results in bicyclists and pedestrians sometimes being struck by vehicles. Both of those cities have been proactive in trying to get the word of using caution out to as many people as possible.
We now are seeing conditions similar to those in the other vacationer spots. Locals may grumble about the increased traffic and drivers may gripe about the increased numbers of bicyclists taking up valuable lane space, but it’s also time to just suck it up and look at the facts:
Whether or not we like it, there is increased traffic, and there are more bicyclists on the road.
Once we arrive at that obvious conclusion, maybe we can maintain our focus on our surroundings while navigating local roads. This does not only go for bicyclists, either. There are more pedestrians on the roads, hence more people not using crosswalks when crossing the street. There are also more motorcycles on the road, meaning more vehicles that might not be spotted with a quick glance in the mirror.
Let’s be vigilant when driving, and be conscious of others.