Since 2002, Sussex Cyclists has been taking a two-pronged approach to promoting bicycle safety in the county.
This year is the eighth season during which the nonprofit bicycle advocacy group has been conducting bicycle safety checkpoints in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police.
Last year, no one was killed in a bicycle crash in Delaware, but 136 were injured, according to Delaware State Police records, with 41 of the injuries taking place in Sussex County.
In 2010, three bicyclists were killed and 146 were injured in the state, with two of the fatalities and 36 injuries in Sussex County. In 2009, there were six fatalities in the state, one of which was in Sussex County, and 128 injuries, 31 of them in the county.
Sussex Cyclists President John Kurpjuweit said the checkpoints originated when the group realized many foreign students in the resort areas biked around town without helmets and with bikes that needed repairs. [Continue reading …]