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Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 6:10 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

This is just awful.

Altamont, UT

Thos bicycles are seriously mangled! How fast was the driver going?
So sad for all involved.

Salt Lake City, UT

The speed limit there is 55mph.

Bountiful, UT

If you ride a bicycle ride the side of the road or on the side walk. (Would you rather be legal or alive)? All the time I see bicycles in the lane of traffic where cars need to swerve to get around them. In a sense you are putting your life in the hands of others (non professionals) to do the right thing so that you don't be killed or severely injured for life.


Condolences to all involved in this tragic incident. I also have seen many bicycle riders riding on the road where the speed limit is 55mph or over. I've seen more than I can count that are riding IN the lane of traffic, not just close to it. It scares me to think that one of these days I may crest the hill going 50mph and there will be a bicycle in my lane, going less than 15mph. That's a sure recipe for disaster.

play by the rules

Agree with Shimlau. I am sure the driver cannot be consoled nor can the family who lost loved ones. I know we are to share the road with bikers, however, there have been many instances when I have been driving up the canyons and noticed bicyclists swerving from side to side and stopping the flow of traffic. I have often worried that they were going to swerve into me.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


As a cyclist I've found it's safer to actually ride my bike in the lane of traffic rather than off on the side of the road. If you are on the side of the road the cars are less likely to see you and hit you.

Oceanside, CA

These cyclist didn't get clipped from the rear. From my understanding they hit the truck head on turning left. Left turning vehicles including cyclist must yield to all other vehicles. I don't know that road but they were probably going close to 30-40 mph when they hit that truck and both probably didn't see each other. FYI bikes in many instances do have access to the entire lane. Utah needs to provide better designated bike lanes for cyclist. My condolences to all involved in this tragedy. It seems I read of too many deaths each year from cyclist in Utah.

John in NJ
Princeton, NJ

I am appalled by the several insensitive comments! cjb, you suggest that cyclists should ride on the sides of the roads or on the sidewalks, however, cyclists do need to cross the road to make turns and sidewalks do not exist adjacent to every road, and probably are not next to what appear to be rural roads in Lehi. Can't cyclists be both legal and alive?!? Everyone on the roadway needs to take safety seriously. I just hope that everyone is doing their part. It probably would not hurt motorists to spend some time on a bike and see things from a different perspective.

Orem, UT

Utah law gives a bicyclist the right to use the road just like any other motor vehicle. A Share the Road program was developed because of the importance of motor vehicle drivers understanding that bicyclists can be on the road as well. Some of these comments clearly demonstrate that several people are not aware of these laws. Search for Share the Road Utah and you will find a link with an educational video. Obviously, this is an ongoing problem and people need to educate themselves to help keep everyone safe.

Salt Lake City, UT

Those of us who are cyclists are for the most part much more accomodating of other cyclists when we drive, that is the general driving public. We are, because so many of us of had close calls with autos. I don't know either one of these guys, but I feel sad, so sad, for them. Cyclists have rights on the road!

West Coast1
Secane, PA

I ride my bike to work here in Philadelphia, PA. I was hit by a car in 2011 (it was a much lower impact collision). We can't be too quick to judge who was at fault here. We need to pray for those involved, both the families left behind and the driver.

In general cars need to be MUCH more careful around cyclists. Bicycles have just as much right to the road as cars do. Too often I get passed by a car or a car makes an aggressive move because they don't want to slow down and wait for a good time to pass. I pay attention and I rarely cause car commuters any delay in their travels. Please slow down and be careful around bicycles. If there is a collision we ALWAYS loose.

salt lake city, UT

A tragedy and condolences to the families. As an avid cyclist it's something that's always in the back of your mind. Let the details come out before pointing any fingers.

Utah, UT

This is no reflection on the accident discussed in this article - but addresses some of the comments made here.

It is a fact that when there is a collision the cyclist loses. Cyclists may have "just as much" of a "right" to the roads as automobiles do, but cyclists should recall that it is far more of a risk factor for them than the automobiles for whom the roads are primarily designed. I've noticed this is especially so here in Utah vs other states where bike lanes are much more defined.

Bikers who insist on "riding the white line" put themselves at an even greater risk and make it that much more difficult for automobiles to maneuver around them - especially considering some of the high speed roads here in Utah. You accept the risk when you go on the street with your bike, so please be mindful of that risk and ensure proper margins between yourselves and the roads! Riding "on the road" rather than "in the bike lane" might make you more "noticeable" but it makes maneuvering around you so much more difficult and that much more dangerous for yourselves.

Bountiful, UT

Re john in nj

'Can't cyclists be legal and alive '?

It would be great if what was right in the legal sense was also right in reality.

Bountiful, UT

Re benjoginko

Don't see your logic, but its your life.


The first thought that I had go through my mind when I read this was how awful this is for the families that these two men left behind. Then I had a thought that Now They are Both Serving another Mission. With them being so involved with the Youth I am sure that they will not be forgotten but missed by so many people. May the Lord comfort those who they both leave behind

Charlotte, NC

My heart goes out to the family and friends of these young men.

As an avid cyclist, I know how to navigate the road and deal with every traffic situation. And, I have no doubt that these men, with all their experience, knew how to do that as well. This is why I am so curious what in the world happened here. Surely they did not assume that the truck could see them. No experienced cyclist ever does that, even in broad daylight. I hope we get some details on exactly how this happened.

Salt Lake City, UT

I hope the results of the investigation will be published so we can know more of the circumstances of the accident. Many of the comments seem to center on "right of way" issues.

As an older person who rides a bike in the city now and then I try to stay to the right, but do notice that people who drive do not watch out for non-cars (bike riders) and seem to be ignorant that I, too, have a right to be on the road.

A sad day and time for so many people.

Prep Fanatic
Los Angeles, CA

I too am an avid cyclist, and am also appalled at the ignorance of some motor vehicle operators. As cyclists, we do have a right to be on the road, and it is every drivers responsibility to give at least a minimum of three feet of clearance to bike riders. So many people are uneducated with the share the road concept, and that puts all of us riders at risk. There are also many bike riders that are taking un-necessary risks while riding as well. Everyone just needs to pay attention to their surroundings while either riding a bike or driving a car. I watched the news report last night about this crash, and these riders turned left in front of the truck, who was heading north on redwood road. The speed limit there is 55 miles per hour. It was also dark at around 6a, when the accident occurred. Just a horrible tragedy that didn't need to happen. Everyone pay attention. Car drivers, watch out for bikes! Bike riders, obey the laws of the road, and realize that cars are much bigger and faster than you.

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