Students Receive Safety Lesson After Recent Georgia Bicycle Accidents

Students Receive Safety Lesson After Recent Georgia Bicycle Accidents

There have been many Georgia bicycle fatalities in the Augusta area recently. Some of the most recent ones have included the deaths of:

  • Gerald Hooker, 68, who was killed on February 5, 2012 by a vehicle while riding a tandem bicycle with his wife near their home on Banks Mill Road in Aiken County.
  • Dan Dickinson, 57, who was killed commuting to work on August 1, 2011, by a car while cycling near the Belair and Ashbury intersection.
  • Dr. Matthew Burke, who died in February from injuries that occurred in an October accident during a group ride in Beech Island.
  • Ernest Tanner, 57, of Augusta, who was rear-ended by a truck and suffered critical injuries.

Because of these deaths and other cycling injuries and fatalities throughout Georgia, cyclists are promoting cycling safety. In fact, a group of female cyclists recently conducted a special bike safety workshop with a group of high school students from an area that has experienced many bicycle fatalities.

On February 22, 2012, Chelsea Ward-Waller, along with her mom, sister and friend, visited the Academy of Richmond County to talk about cycling safety and to raise awareness for cyclists on the roads. They wore reflective gear and brought their bikes to talk to teens about riding bicycles safely.

Although this group is traveling the nation giving presentations about cycling safety, they chose the Augusta area due to the many cycling-related accidents and fatalities that have occurred in the last year.

They spoke about the health benefits of cycling, importance of the right safety gear, bicycle helmets and the recent bicycle fatalities to teach the students about the rules of the road, both as cyclists and young drivers.

The speakers were also planning on visiting Washington, Georgia to give the same presentation to another group the following day.

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