Fatal accident stresses safety for cycling community

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Marty Johnson is best known for his garden center, but when he's not on the job you might see him on his bicycle.

"It's kind of like my activity that I like doing, that I enjoy doing," Johnson said.

He's been cycling for over 25 years, so the news of the fatal bicycle accident on Oliver Thursday night grabbed his attention.

"No matter who's at fault, you know the cyclist or the driver you know they've got to live with that for a long time," Johnson said. "It's always saddening to hear that."

He says the cycling community is always trying to communicate with drivers and increase awareness on the road.

"A lot of car drivers don't like cyclists," Johnson said. "You know they think that's their road. Well, I paid for the road too and I have just as much right on the road as anybody."

But even with the right, Thursday's accident highlights that bicyclists aren't always safe. So Marty has a LED headlight and taillight on his bike, wears a helmet and bright clothing.

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