(WBNG Binghamton) Action News is taking a look at bicycle safety following the death of 30 year old Bradley Murray of Binghamton. Investigators say drunk driving is behind this tragedy. However, it also raises awareness that there are more people than ever taking to two wheels on the road.
The Broome Sheriff's Office says 34 year old Branden Bowen struck Murray who was riding his bike home from work. Bowen was subsequently charged with his second DWI offense in ten years.
Murray regularly rode his bike to and from work.
"He evidently was a good worker and needed that job to support his life and he lost it there by somebody who was drinking and shouldn't have been," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
The accident took place just a few seconds from Murray's work at the Frito Lay facility. Although Murray was struck by a drunk driver he also wasn't wearing any reflective clothing, something that bicycle experts agree is essential for safety, especially at night.
"You can get especially reflective material. The top that you wear, or a jacket, or a vest or anything like that. It's pretty important to have it be bright for the day and reflective for night time," said Joshua Miner of Chenango Point Cycles.
Miner says you should also have bright lights on the front and rear of your bike when riding at night. Broome County Sheriff David Harder is also a avid bicyclist himself. He says bikers need to pay extra attention when on the road.
"People just driving along don't even pay attention. Look at the number of motorcycle accidents. If they can't see a motorcycle that has a big headlight and a big person on it, they're not going to see a little skinny bicycle with somebody riding on it," said Harder.
Miner has had some close calls even though he takes every precaution to stay safe. He says the safety of everyone depends on both cyclists and drivers.
"It always just feels like people just not paying attention. I've never had somebody drive close to me because they tried to but I've definitely had people get really close to me on the road. I think they just weren't seeing me or not paying attention to what I was doing," said Miner.