Biking in Louisville: Still Unsafe

Bike Crash

This morning’s news that a 56 year-old man was killed while riding his bike on Dixie Highway Sunday morning comes as a pertinent reminder that bicycling in Louisville is still a pretty dangerous activity, despite the mayor’s office’s efforts to promote riding. Details on the incident come from the Courier-Journal:

A bicyclist died on Dixie Highway before sunrise yesterday morning after an off-duty Louisville Metro Police officer hit him with her cruiser.

Kenneth Chandler, 56, of Louisville, died at the scene of chest and head injuries, said Sam Weakley, a Jefferson County deputy coroner.

The officer, Shannon Harris, was southbound in the 4400 block of Dixie about 5:10 a.m. when her cruiser hit Chandler just south of the Watterson Expressway. It was not clear if Chandler was crossing Dixie or if he was riding on the street.

Harris originally joined the former Jefferson County Police Department in 1999. Other information on her was not available yesterday, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said, because the department’s personnel office was not open.

Smiley said no charges have been filed.

According to the article, Chandler was on his way to the Galt House, where he worked a shift starting at 7 am. We’re usually out on our bikes on our way to work that early as well.


3 Responses to “Biking in Louisville: Still Unsafe”

  1. […] This Is Why Bike Lanes Are Important Posted in May 5th, 2008 by Ben in Uncategorized STOC has it up already– a man was struck and killed riding his bike early Sunday morning on Dixie Highway, trying to […]

  2. My partner and I were discussing this last night. We were walking down Bardstown Road irritated by bicyclists riding on the sidewalk. Then I remembers that I’m paranoid as hell every time I ride my bike on Bardstown Road. So maybe I should cut them some slack because heaven knows the cars aren’t cutting us much slack.

  3. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    I would say that no biker worth his/her salt would ride on a sidewalk, but then again I don’t even bother biking down Bardstown Road (or Dixie Highway, for that matter). Louisville needs dedicated bike lane, especially on Bardstown where the number of bike commuters and riders is probably pretty high.

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