On November 30, a male cyclist was struck and killed by a semi-trailer truck in Boulder.
Police say the cyclist, who was in his 60s, was struck at the intersection of Arapahoe Avenue and 28th Street just before 6 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known to the driver of the semi that he/she had hit someone and they continued to drive. The driver stopped, however, when signaled by police officers, and cooperated fully, according to police spokesperson, Shannon Cordingly.
Cordingly also said eyewitnesses report that the cyclist was traveling against the flow of traffic when the accident occurred. She also noted that those are initial reports and police will release more information when it becomes available.
In the wake of the accident, officials have closed eastbound Arapahoe, and the public has been asked to try to stay away from the area surrounding 28th and Arapahoe. Traffic data reported by police indicate that this intersection is the most heavily traveled in the city with regards to vehicles.
The intersection is also known for being especially dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to executive director of the Boulder Non-profit Community of Cycles, Sue Prant. She adds that all of Arapahoe is fairly dangerous, but especially at intersections like 28th and Arapahoe where vehicles travel at higher speeds.
Boulder transportation planners say they are currently reworking the city’s Transportation Master Plan. Part of the new plan could involve improvements to all of Arapahoe from Folsom Street east toward Brighton- otherwise known as Colorado 7.
Although no improvements have been confirmed for the commercial district at 29th Street where the most recent fatality took place, the area is one of several points of interest along Arapahoe.
The transportation planners intend to present their ideas for improvements to the council this spring.
This most recent accident marks the 5th cyclist killed n Boulder County since late May.
Peyton Knowlton, an 8-year-old girl, was killed on May 20 while she was riding her bike at the intersection of Alpine Street and 17th Avenue in Longmont. She was hit by a young man driving while under the influence of marijuana. Charges of vehicular homicide have been filed.
Shane Swope died just one day after being struck by a pickup truck on 17th Avenue near Gay Street in Longmont in June. The driver of the truck has been charged with driving without a valid driver’s license and careless driving resulting in death.
Also in June, 35-year-old Bill Davis was killed by a hit and run driver on Jay Road near 30th Street. The driver has been charged with DUI, weaving, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident.
In August, 34-year-old Michelle Walters was killed during an Ironman competition. The accident occurred on U.S. 36 north of Broadway when Walters’ bicycle apparently swerved outside the race lane and into traffic where she was struck.
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