Bicycle Rider Asking Everyone to “Be Careful” on the Road

by Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - "Exercising is great for you, but can be dangerous if you're not careful."

For Carl Murdock, bicycling isn't just a hobby. It's a daily activity and a way to stay healthy.

On his usual ride to crane two weeks ago, he says a truck driver side swiped him, leaving Carl with numerous injuries.

Now more than ever, he is committed to helping cyclists, and drivers, learn how to stay safe.

"This is the most dangerous time in history.  I think to ride a bicycle, because of all the distractions in the vehicle," Murdock said.

With so many gadgets in cars these days, it's easy for drivers to lose focus on the road.

"Our greatest fear is getting rear-ended, because they go by at such a high rate compared to our speed," Murdock said.

David Ham, owns Peyton's Bicycle Shop in Midland. He is also a member of the Permain Basin Bicycle Association, a club committed to teaching safety on the road.

"A driver meeting a bicyclist should treat them like any slow moving vehicle, you come across a car that's moving slow, and you don't have time to pass, you slow down, wait for a good opportunity, and then you pass in the other lane," Ham said.

The club has about 200 members ranging from children to senior adults. They offer rodeos that teach riders the basics. For instance, riders should ride with the traffic, not against it.

"We have to be aware and watch where we're going. We have to work together and try not to get hurt," Murdock said.

There's a few things you need to remember before you get on a bike.  Put on a helmet to protect your head, use gloves to protect your hands as you're going down the road, and wear bright colored clothing so drivers can see you as they're going past.

"If an automobile driver kills someone, they have to live with that.  So they need to think to be careful and everyone needs to be aware," Murdock added.

Carl's injuries won't keep him off the road for long.

"Just as soon as I can, I'll be back riding," Murdock said.