Cyclists Are Not Safe on San Antonio Roads
If you ride a bicycle on San Antonio roads or elsewhere in Bexar County, you are risking your life in a bicycle accident, according to recent reports. In 2018, 29 people were killed or seriously injured while riding a bike in San Antonio — more than two every month — representing an increase from 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that three cyclists were among 146 total traffic fatalities in San Antonio in 2017, and in the same year, cyclists made up 2.1% of traffic fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation reported a total of 2,426 cyclist crashes statewide in Texas in 2018, including 617 fatal accidents and 621 deaths. Share the Road Texas says statistics from 2009–2014 demonstrate that the following counties are the most dangerous in the state for bicyclists: • Bexar County (San Antonio): 595 total bicycle/auto crashes, 14 fatalities • Harris County (Houston): 1,149 total bicycle/auto crashes, 46 fatalities • Travis County (Austin): 1,112 total bicycle/auto crashes, 11 fatalities • Dallas County: 681 total bicycle/auto crashes, 16 fatalities • Tarrant County (Fort Worth): 459 total bicycle/auto crashes, 9 fatalities
Share the Road Texas also reports that two-thirds of bicycle crash injuries occurred on city streets and the largest percentage of bicycle crash fatalities (33%) occurred on U.S. and state highways. Not surprisingly, crashes that happen on higher-speed roads are more likely to result in fatalities, the organization says.
NHTSA says that across the country, three-fourths of bicyclists and other cyclists — including riders of two-wheel, nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017 — died in crashes in urban areas. The following also comes from another NHTSA report: • 96% of cyclists killed were in crashes involving a single motor vehicle. • 27% of cyclist fatalities occurred at intersections, and 63% did not. The remaining 10% occurred at other locations, such as roadsides/ shoulders, parking lanes/zones, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and medians/crossing islands. • 44% of cyclists killed were hit by light trucks. • When a large truck was involved in a fatal cyclist accident, the vehicle’s right side was the collision point 28% of the time, compared to 7% in passenger car accidents. This could be due to the wide right turns required of large trucks, NHTSA says.
Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar
1. In a large ovenproof skillet over
6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.
medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned.
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