CAMP WASHINGTON, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police are continuing to investigate a fatal accident between a Metro bus and a 59-year-old bicyclist.
Ronald Richardson was riding his bike when he was hit by the bus on Oakdale Avenue in Bond Hill on Tuesday night. Police are waiting on a bus inspection, toxicology report and accident reconstruction before deciding whether to bring charges. Police say eight passengers on the bus are all okay.
In the last three years, the City of Cincinnati has tripled on-street bicycle infrastructure which includes markings reminding drivers to share the road and bike lanes. However, cyclists say there is still a long road ahead.
Outside his OTR store, manager Matthew Baker argues the roads are fairly safe for bikers.
"I think downtown is one of the safest areas for cyclists because of that low speed, lots of traffic lights and there's so many cyclists downtown," he said.
But he says if you venture out of the area, you run into risks.
"It's really outskirts where the speed limits higher, there's longer distances between traffic lights is where it is a lot more dangerous," he said.
Sometimes it is the drivers causing problems. "I hate when they always pull right out into the intersection," said commuter bicyclist Nathan Kunce.
Sometimes the cyclists are to blame. "I see a lot of cyclists ride like total jerks, running red lights, running stop signs," acknowledged Baker.
The City is doing what it can to help everyone out. "We're definitely an up and coming city in terms of bike infrastructure and bike culture," said Sr. Planner Melissa McVay.
"Nationwide research shows that people in general and women in particular feel safer if they have a designated lane to ride their bike in," said McVay.