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Can You See Me Now? riders glow in orange for support

28 Oct 2012

To support Monica Caban, a 39-year-old San Antonio triathlete who was recently hit and severely injured by a pickup truck on the I-10 footage road, approximately 400 riders for the "Can you see me now?" campaign showed their visibility on a 20-mile ride on Loop 1604 with new orange t-shirts that were sold to help raise funds. The police escorted ride started at 8 a.m. today at the Alzafar Shriner Center. An idea of the event is to have impact as a collective group of cyclists.

Caban suffered a severe spinal injury and has already undergone extensive surgery to stabilize her vertebrae. She is paralyzed from the waist down; she had been advised that she has a 1% recovery chance. The accident occurred on Oct. 20, a training ride for an upcoming Ironman triathlon in Arizona where she was thrown 30 feet. She was riding with another female cyclist.

The Monica Caban's Benefit Fund has been established. Caban, a mother of two, was unemployed with no health insurance coverage. The cycling community has shown its support in helping her family with food and fund raising to help cover medical expenses. To donate, click Benefit Fund or stop by any Broadway Bank location. The "Can You See Me Now?" t-shirts are available at Britton's Bike for $20 cash or check only. The shop is located at 434 N SL 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78232, next door to Silo's restaurant.

In a statement sent by Jimmy Britton, the owner of Britton's Bike Shop and a promoter of the campaign, "Her life was changed in an instant and she has many many months of recovery ahead. Cyclists as a community are coming together in support of Monica and to raise awareness in an effort to make riding on the roadways safer."

To learn more about Monica Caban, visit her Facebook page.

Cycling accidents with motorized vehicles is a growing concern nationwide especially vehicle homicides. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 616 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motorized vehicles in 2010. Unfortunately, San Antonio is not a favorable place to cycle; however, situation is changing slowly. We ran a two-part series on aggressive drivers earlier this year: see Part 1: Meet the Road Gods! and Part 2: Road Gods are Catered.

Here are fast facts on fatal cycling injuries in Bexar County:

  • A city ordinance requires private motorists to provide a three-foot buffer between their vehicles and cyclists and commercial motorists a six-foot buffer. So far, no citations amounting to a $200 fine have been issued.
  • Five cyclists have been killed by motorized vehicles in 2012 so far.
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