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Brothers Ride to Raise Cyclist Safety Awareness

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Brothers Ride to Raise Cyclist Safety Awareness

Bike race

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

On November 6th of last year, Eggert Þorfinnsson died in cycling accident at eighty years of age when he was hit by a car on Sæbraut, not far from home. Vísir reports that on Tuesday, his two sons retraced their father’s last bike route, from Kirkjusandur on the east side of Reykjavík to Harpa, to raise cyclist safety awareness.

One of Eggert’s sons, Sigurður Jónas Eggertsson, criticized a recent draft of a traffic law which proposes that cyclists ride on the right side of the lane.

“I think it’s preposterous,” he remarked. “If there’s parking on the street, where cars are parked right there and need to back out into the street, then drivers will never see a cyclist if he’s on the right side. He needs to be in the middle or on the left side. This poses a danger,” he concluded.

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