'We Have An Opportunity To Make This A Safe Place' Says Head Of Bike Advocacy Group

Jun 18, 2015

In less than three months, three Vermont cyclists have been killed after getting hit by a car.

Just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 60-year-old Kenneth Najarian was riding his bike in Ferrisburgh when he was struck by a woman who police say was driving drunk. Najarian died at the scene.

Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, a transportation and cycling advocacy group out of Burlington, joined VPR to talk about the tragedy.

Until this year, there has only been one reported cyclist death in the past 10 years in Vermont. So what’s changed? “There really is nothing inherently different on the roads today than our roads a year ago,” says Boedecker. “There are obviously aggravating factors in these crashes … the bottom line is human beings are the cause of these crashes, so each of us has the opportunity every time we’re on the roads, we have an opportunity to make this a safer place for everybody.”