A local resident Mark Murphy bikes to and from work. He rides through a side trail where Richmond Highway crosses the Capital Beltway at the gateway to southern Fairfax County. On Jan. 4, a car entering the Hampton Inn parking lot hit Murphy.
Murphy suffered minor injuries as a result. Local police, VDOT, and Fairfax County failed to alert drivers that they are crossing over a bicycle and pedestrian trail. Murphy believes that educating local police and the public about the trail is the first step. With much conversation being had over bicycle safety these days, Murphy’s advice should be taken to heart.
“It was frustrating to have a police officer who handled it who was not aware of my rights as a bicyclist,” Murphy explained. “He told me I shouldn’t be riding on the sidewalk and I told him it wasn’t a sidewalk.” Even bike helmets cannot prevent injury when hit by a car on the busy highway. The only meaningful protection often is a highway sign.
Bicyclists like Murphy need to be respected to avoid further fatalities associated with motorists unaware of a cyclist’s presence.
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