On May 22, Jan Morgan, 57, of Starkville was biking with a friend on an open stretch of highway when a sedan struck her from behind. She remains in the CCU for injuries sustained in the accident.
Morgan is one of many Mississippi cyclists who are injured or killed each year on our roads. In July of 2010, the John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act was passed in honor of John Paul Frerer, of Tupelo who was killed in 2009 while riding his bicycle. The John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act now requires motorists to give at least 3 feet when passing bicyclists on Mississippi’s roads.
Today, Bike Walk Mississippi encouraged citizens across the state to wear yellow or high visibility items of clothing in honor of bicycle accident victims. As a further show of unity around this cause, BWM is asking bicycle advocates, (no matter where you are), to light a candle at 8:00pm for a moment of prayer & silent reflection to honor these men & women.
Join Bike Walk Mississippi’s “I Share the Road” campaign which provides education & safety materials to individuals & groups throughout Mississippi free of charge. Support this effort by making a donation to Bike Walk Mississippi or help us spread the word by purchasing a “Share the Road” license plate at your local tag office. Consider honoring an injured or fallen cyclist by making a donation to the “I Share the Road” campaign in their name and Bike Walk will notify the family of your generous gift in their honor.
Find more info or to make a donation visit: www.bikewalkmississippi.org
Stop by Sneaky Beans in Fondren between 4:30 and 5:30pm today for a free cup of coffee when you wear your yellow or high visibility clothing.
source: Bike Walk Mississippi