Colorado Springs ranks consistently high in the Men’s Health survey (the only national survey I am aware of, and Colorado Springs is 16th for 2010) of drunkest cities in the U.S., so it follows that DUI is a big problem here.
This past weekend, a cyclist was struck and killed by a hit and run driver at 1:00 a.m. while coming home from work. Having commuted at night for a couple of years, it goes without saying that vigilance is paramount in this arena. As cyclists, one of the first things we think when we read these reports are: Was drinking a factor, and was the cyclist reflective and well-lit? All that is clear in this case is that drinking may have been involved.
I used to work at a bar and witnessed my share of ribaldry and late night hijinks, but never this. It is a common assumption around here (and I’m sure all over) that if someone is riding a bike to work or generally using a bike more than a car, that a license has been suspended or drinking and law enforcement were involved.
RIP, Mr. Byas, and peace and calm to your family.