This article discusses the recent deaths of two bike racers who were killed in California while training when they were run over by a sheriff deputy who fell asleep at the wheel. It also talks about other recent and not so recent bike tragedies from that same area, as well as a close encounter the author (also a cyclist) had with a driver who nearly took him out after "not seeing him" in his multicolored cycling outfit.
On its surface, it's just another well-written tribute to cyclists killed on the road through no fault of their own. It also implores motorists to share the road and use caution around cyclists, who actually have a right to be there.
The thing that makes the article different is that it appears on SI.com (the website for Sports Illustrated), which probably has a readership of a gazillion more people than the combined readership of velonews.com, cyclingnews.com, bicycling.com, and every other bike related website where an article like this would be an exercise in preaching to the choir.
I'm sure this article will receive far fewer hits than ones addressing much more important issues like the NCAA basketball tournament rankings and what Kobe Bryant eats for breakfast. But I still give credit to Austin Murphy for writing it and SI for publishing it. Even if it only alters one person's opinion or approach to driving around cyclists, it was worth it.
It's a tragic shame Matt Peterson and Kristianna Gough will never be able to read it.