Vulnerable on the Open Road

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Touching stories from our friends of the bike who know more about riding on the road than anyone. If you’ve ever thought that a Pro Cyclist has a easy life… remember they ride the same streets we do but a good bit more often.

In this video, five professional U.S. cyclists reflect on their experiences with bicycle safety. Some riders, like Lucas Euser and Craig Lewis, have seen their careers nearly end after severe crashes with people driving cars. Others, like current National Road Race Champion Timmy Duggan, haven’t faced such extreme incidents, but still have a vision for better bicycling conditions and motorist-bicyclist interactions. All riders share their lessons and ideas for how our communities can become more bike-friendly and safer for all road users.

Even though these riders are the top 1% of bicyclists, their advice—slow down, be aware, don’t blow through red lights, build more infrastructure, get more people riding—applies to anyone who likes to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

Athletes, in order of appearance:

Lucas Euser, Team Spider Tech
Craig Lewis, Team Champion System
Kristen Peterson, Professional Triathlete
Timmy Duggan, Liquigas-Cannondale, Current U.S. Road Race Champion
Mike Friedman, Optum Kelly Benefit

Thanks to Skratch Labs for supporting this video.

Photographer – Jamie Kripke (www.jamiekripke.com)
Editor – Buck Ross (www.buckross.com)
Music: “Window” The Album Leaf

  • Karen Martin

    With the recent tragedy here in Cincinnati, this is particularly relevant. Thanks.

    • http://thebruisereport.com/ Sarai Snyder

      I know Karen. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wonderful to see the cycling community rally together even from here. Big hugs to you all.