Bicyclists are required by law to ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic, unlike pedestrians. That’s because they are vehicles and must follow the road rules. However, this can open them up to certain risks, as this news story from NOLA reports.
A cyclist was killed at Canal and North Rendon when they were hit from behind by an SUV. He was thrown from his bicycle. The driver fled the scene and the NOPD is looking for them.
Police believe it was a late model Jeep Grand Cherokee with damage to the front, windshield, and headlight. If you see such a vehicle, the police have requested that you let them know at 504-658-6208.
It is unknown if the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, but given the age of the rider and the kind of accident, it may not have helped. Cyclists have to use their ears to listen for vehicles behind them. Most do not use mirrors nor would they be easy to use.
One way you can stay a little safer as a cyclist is to use a light system. A light that turns on when you brake from behind can warn vehicles behind you.