Monday, January 18, 2010

Death on the Rickenbacker

A Miami cyclist was killed this morning by musician Carlos Bertonatti along the Rickenbacker Causeway. Bertonatti, who was driving under the influence, sped away, dragging the cyclist's bike underneath his car. It took 22 minutes before an ambulance arrived, and by then it was too late. Bertonatti is now being charged with vehicular homicide. (photo from the Miami Bike Scene Blog)

As some of you may remember from my holiday ride reports, the Rickenbacker Causeway is really the only place to ride in Miami (aside from the Everglades). Miami is a car dominated city, with little respect or concern for pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, according to the Dangerous by Design report, Miami is the 3rd most dangerous city in the US for pedestrians. And so it is especially disturbing that this man was killed while riding in a bike lane on one of the only stretches of road that is remotely safe for cyclists. Perhaps if speed limits were more diligently enforced, Bertonatti would have been stopped before the fatal crash. The Miami cycling community pulls together as they grieve the loss of a fellow cyclist.

Full report here:
Miami New Times
Miami Bike Scene
A cyclist's account of the accident

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