Local cycling club talks safety after recent fatal crash

Published: Mar. 8, 2016 at 2:40 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two bicyclists were killed in a collision at the intersection of North La Cañada Drive and West Overton/Hardy Road last week, and authorities said an impaired driver was responsible for the crash.

Ken Vieira, 68, and tourist Clare Rhoades, 72, were killed Thursday, March 3. Three others were injured.

[READ: Driver, victims identified in deadly accident involving bicyclists]

On Monday night, a local group of cyclists held a safety meeting.

Vieira was part of the Cactus Cycling Club, which had a two-fold message at the meeting.

They want cyclists to ride responsibly in the bike lane and motorists to drive more carefully on our roads.

"We used to tell each other that you're my gift from God," Rose Vieira said about her husband, Ken.

Vieira said she is devastated over the loss of her husband.

"It's amazing how lives can just be changed with one wrong decision," said Cactus Club President Shawna Strause, adding that she feels vulnerable as a cyclist now.

The Cactus Club said one of the most important things is for drivers to give cyclists at least three feet of space.

"We see cars every day going over the line and it really startles a cyclist when they're that close," Cactus Club Chairman Howard Strause said.

Cyclists said drivers attempting to turn can also be dangerous.

"If you're going to make a right turn, don't speed up to get ahead of us to make that turn. Those extra seconds, is it really worth it?" Doug Bauman said.

The cycling club is distributing "Share the Road" pamphlets across Pima County, in the hopes of preventing more lives lost on the road.

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