Cyclists concerned about safety after fatal crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a fatal crash involving a bike and a car, Queen City cyclists are thinking about their safety.

“There are a lot more cyclists out now a days,” said Henry Raess, a longtime cyclist and the event manager at GoBike Buffalo. “Drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, everyone who is sharing the road, we all need to be safe out there.”

Raess says cycling around the city is a growing movement in Buffalo; noting that 2% of all commuters are now on two-wheels. With more people pedaling to where they play and work, their safety is in question especially after a fatal crash took place earlier this week.

“There are some potentially tricky situations,” said Raess.

“The city was built for cars,” said fellow cyclist Kevin Brussels. “Cars occupy more space and we don’t have no [enough] room for cycling.”

Cyclists like Ryan Harvey feel the city could be more bike friendly.

“It’s definitely a drivers world out there,” said Harvey who rides around, training for triathalons. “I would definitely say bike safety could be improved a bit. There aren’t many paths I see around the city or anything like that.”

The city is working on improving that. Buffalo currently has a bronze bike ranking and they’re working on rolling out initiatives to bring it up to a silver.

In the meantime, Raess says all those who share the road will have to work together to assure safety for all.

“People need to be aware of the rules of the road,” said Raess.  “[They need] to be safe to find routes that are comfortable for them if they’re not comfortable riding in high traffic.”

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