Two cyclists were killed on Thursday night, just west of Medicine Lodge on Highway 160. Exactly what happened is still unclear at this time, although this much is known: the cyclists were riding east on the highway, which has a minimal shoulder, when a vehicle hit them from behind, around 7:15 p.m. The accident happened […]

Two cyclists were killed on Thursday night, just west of Medicine Lodge on Highway 160.
Exactly what happened is still unclear at this time, although this much is known: the cyclists were riding east on the highway, which has a minimal shoulder, when a vehicle hit them from behind, around 7:15 p.m. The accident happened about a mile west of Medicine Lodge. It's hard to say what James C. Ramey of Mulvane was thinking or doing prior to hitting the two cyclists. Let's hope that it was a medical issue or a mechanical problem. Only the criminal investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol will determine exactly what transpired.
It's just sad. So very sad.
Robert Christensen of Medicine Lodge won't be returning home, nor will Thomas M. Foust of West Columbia, South Carolina. It was their last ride. Ever.
I didn't really know Robert Christensen. I met him a couple of times. However, his name came up almost every time I mentioned my interest in cycling when visiting with folks down in Medicine Lodge.
I do know what Bob faced, however, on every ride in a world which is becoming more and more distracted and connected. The potential for injury is always in the back of your mind, particularly when a seemingly oblivious driver buzzes you (aka drives too close). One or two tons of metal versus a couple hundred pounds of human /bicycle: it's easy to see who loses in that equation.
That's why Kansas has a law: three feet when passing. It's just common sense, really. For a cyclist, a vehicle has the potential to be a lethal weapon. Most drivers use their vehicles in a courteous manner. For all of you who give a wide berth when passing a cyclist, thanks for setting a good example for others to follow and keep it up.
If you haven't been in the habit of following Kansas law, please consider the human toll. We don't need any more sad news stories. Three families' lives have been forever changed.
Please keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.