Columbus Police bicycle officers explain bike safety rules

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COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH)— Delaware County troopers tell NBC4 39-year-old Michael Tighe, of Westerville, was doing everything he was supposed to be doing safety wise while riding his bike early this morning when he was struck and killed by a car.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 6:23am, Tuesday, a 29-year-old woman was driving a blue 2011 Honda Accord westbound in the right lane of U.S. 36 near North Old State Road, when she struck Tighe who was also traveling westbound on the roadway.

Troopers say Tighe was wearing his helmet, had on the proper clothing, was riding with traffic, and it was daylight. 

Authorities also tell NBC4 the woman who hit his bike is cooperating with the investigation and no citation or charges have been filed, but it will be up to the Delaware County prosecutor to determine if that will change. Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected factors in the crash. 

According to AAA, it is important that even experienced cyclist review bike safety tips periodically. Local bicycle shop roll: demonstrated some safety gear for NBC4.  

Tips for Safer Cycling: 

  • Wear a helmet.  
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing. 
  • Mount lights on your bike, especially on the back. 
  • Keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. 
  • Ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic.
  • Avoid busy roads and peak traffic times on your route.
  • Use proper hand signals to let motorist know where you’re going.

Columbus Division of Police officers Amanda Hill and Brooks Lee demonstrate hand signals while on the road in the videos below. 

“We want you to be predictable. We want other motorist to be confident that they know what you’re doing, as well as you know what you’re doing,” said Lee.

“Here in Columbus… 4% of cycling occurs at night. However, that 4% accounts for 46% of all fatalities– which is a staggering number of people,” said Columbus Division of Police bicycle coordination unit officer Brooks Lee. 

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