Catching Up…

Here are a few news items from the last month or so that never made it onto Kansas Cyclist:

  • In Lawrence, Kansas, 20-year-old Rachel Leek died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. Joel Hernandez, 21, of Lawrence was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving the death of a person and failure to report an accident, both felonies; vehicular homicide, a misdemeanor; and improper passing, a traffic infraction. Police also allege Hernandez was under the influence of alcohol when he killed Rachel. Let’s hope Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson gets more justice in this case than he did in 2008, when David Dillon’s killer was not even charged under similar circumstances (though it wasn’t a hit-and-run in that case). You can read more at the Lawrence Journal-World.

  • City of Lawrence, KS supports ghost bike memorial to encourage cycling safety.

  • University of Kansas students discover that Bicycle security requires extra steps. because bicycle thefts are up on the campus. Authorities suggest a sturdy U-Lock and recording info (such as serial number and a good photo) of the bike, just in case.

  • In Salina, James T. Valleroy, 23, was injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist as he rode his bicycle on a sidewalk.

  • By 2020, Douglas Avenue in Wichita, Kansas could have bike lanes and lowered speed limits.

  • In Newton, Kansas, Rodger Voth, 59, failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a car, sustaining serious injuries.

  • Kansas City, Missouri: Say goodbye to Acme Bicycle Company – The beloved bike shop closed it’s doors in late November, after being a fixture of the KC scene for nearly a decade. The store’s owner is moving to Portland, Oregon.

  • Kansas City cyclist Joe Spear, senior principal at architecture firm Populous, which has designed nearly a dozen baseball stadiums, including AT&T Park in San Francisco, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Camden Yards in Baltimore, was profiled in the Wall Street Journal: For an Architect, the Bike’s the Thing.

  • The Kansas City Star suggested Start a new cycle: Try riding a bike to work.

I apologize for not getting these news items out on a more timely basis (and there are no doubt others I missed entirely), but other things have been occupying my time as of late. Hope to do a better job of keeping up in the future!

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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