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After near-fatal collision, former Tucson-area firefighter is devoted to bike safety

Brendan Lyons ended up in the hospital after two bicycle crashes caused by distracted drivers — one of which fractured vertebrae and gave him a traumatic brain injury. Now, he runs a chapter of Look! Save a Life, a nonprofit that promotes biking safety and awareness among those behind the wheel.... Read more»

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Jul 31, 2017, 3:36 pm
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I expect more from Look! than victim blaming. Just look at Mr. Lyons. Hit twice by people turning, then from behind! He is expected to be psychic, and have eyes in the back of his head to live. Why does he feel the need to open with “It’s also the incompetence of the cyclist”??? One has to look no further than pedestrian fatalities in this city to start to question the narrative of reckless cyclists - if you don’t live in the foothills spandex crowd, you might start to notice that most of these “obnoxios” cyclists are average and low income citizens trying to get to WORK and getting killed for their lack of a car. Or coming home from the store (start noticing those shopping bags on the handlebars, people, you don’t cause they aren’t riding 5 at a time in the bike lane like on Skyline).

What we need is more seperated lanes and better crosswalks so you can bike without needing to ride on Speedway or Grant.

Glad I never donated to Look, they seem to be advocating half-solutions for the wrong citizens or giving cover to the “bad cyclist” narrative…I can’t imagine how you can do that after getting run down in the street 3 times! Maybe we should add therapy to the list of “fixes”...


Jul 31, 2017, 8:00 pm
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Helmets are not designed to, and do not, offer meaningful protection for anything other than a tumble off your bike at very slow speeds.  You get hit by a motorist from behind or crossing your path, you have a lot more to worry about.  Under some circumstances, the helmet can actually do harm by adding torque to the impact.

Aug 1, 2017, 9:38 am
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I didn’t mean to sound harsh. Clearly Mr. Lyons has donated countless hours in support of vulnerable road users.

But, I think given the time to do an interview and Mr. Arlia taking the time to write an article, there’s a lot more to be said on this subject than ‘hemlets and texting’. This leaves us with a bit of us vs. them posture, and never mentions any actual statistics or some of the other solutions like I noted.

It never mentions how rarely drivers are held accountable for the manslaughter of their fellow citizens either. Maybe a piece on the reticence of the justice system to treat this problem as more than just a constant stream of ‘innocent mistakes’ would be appropriate, for instance.

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Brendan Lyons shows off the remaining pieces of his bike and helmet, which he says saved his life in an October 2013 bicycle accident.


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