Sharing the road
Wayne Mark, a retired chemist and avid cyclist, has been involved in two accidents with motorists and says more work needs to be done to make Tulsa cycling-friendly.
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For Wayne Mark, bicycle safety could be all about avoiding blind spots — the visual blind spots created when motorists and cyclists do not see each other and the mental blind spots created when an accident results in a concussion and memory loss. Mark, 61, knows a thing or two about both types.
A retired chemist and avid cyclist, Mark has been riding for three decades, logging more than 20,000 miles annually. He has also been rear-ended twice in the past five years, once by a pickup whose driver did not see him and once by a car whose driver fled the scene.
Both incidents landed him in the hospital with broken bones, head injuries and no memory of what transpired.
“I do not recall anything from several minutes before to several hours after each incident,” he says.