* Wife to Jim, an avid cyclist, who has taken me
along as his stoker for many enjoyable miles on our
bicycle built for two.
*Co- owner, along with Jim: E-Bikes of Southern New Mexico.
* Grateful spouse of the survivor of a very serious, potentially life-threatening bicycle/motor vehicle collision.
* Resident of New Mexico, rated 3rd in the US for
bicyclists and 7th for pedestrians injured and/or killed
by drivers of motor vehicles.
* Advocate for Vulnerable Road Users, speaking up
whenever and wherever the opportunity arises about safety and justice for these individuals.
Hi, I'm Barbara...
Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) include, but are not limited to:
Pedestrians, including runners; physically disabled persons; skaters, and children. Also, bicyclists, handcycles, horse-drawn conveyances, and farm equipment. Persons operating
a motorcycle, moped, motor-driven cycle, or motor-assisted scooter. Highway, construction, and maintenance workers, tow-truck operators, utility workers, other workers with legitimate business in or near the roadway or right-of-way, as well as stranded motorists.
Those of us who advocate for VRUs are not demanding or expecting special treatment. We do seek to make the public aware of that these persons are at considerably greater risk. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are far bigger and capable of much higher speeds, a combination that must
be taken into consideration when one recognizes the inherent disadvantages of VRUs who are
on the roadways. It is the legal right of these persons to share the road, and we want to stand
up for that right. We do expect drivers to treat them with respect and consider the safety
of ALL who share the roads. And we expect those in law enforcement and the judicial system
to factor in those particular vulnerabilities when they investigate and assess fault.