Photos: Share the Road



Posted on September 10, 2012 at 2:26 AM

FORT WORTH — A hit-and-run driver put bicycling blogger Zac Ford in the hospital with serious injuries last month.

That motorist still hasn't been identified, but the accident put the campaign to share the streets into a higher gear in Fort Worth.

Cyclists rallied for their friend Sunday and promised to teach other drivers the rules of the road.

"We're a really tight-knit community, and we don't let anybody fall without reaching out a hand to pick them up," said Brina Drewry, one of the organizers for the ride through Fort Worth.

Ford is known to many as The Pondering Cyclist. His blog is considered one of the hubs in Fort Worth's cycling wheel.

His video entry about an August 8 ride down Camp Bowie Boulevard derailed the community.

"I am riding in my lane, in the middle of the lane. I have lights on, and I am wearing my helmet. I am doing everything I am supposed to do," Ford recalls in the recording. "About three hours later, I woke up in the emergency room. From what I was told, I was hit by a car."

Ford suffered a concussion and injuries to his back, shoulder and arms.

A month later, the medical bills sting a little more.

Friends came to Fort Worth from across Texas Sunday to buy raffle tickets and help Ford's recovery.

They also pedaled by the same intersection where he was hit to raise awareness for drivers.

"Bikers are out on the road, and we all have to share the road,” said cyclist John Castañeda. "There's plenty of room for everybody."

Half the money raised Sunday will go to Bike Texas, an organization that works with local governments to improve bicycle safety through designated bike lanes and driver education.

"We both need to be more aware of what's around you," said Bailie Duncan, one of the event organizers.

With the help of his friends, Ford is on the mend and back in the saddle. He asks drivers to share the road.

"You just kind of have to respect that and remember you are dealing with a human life," he said.

Cyclists say recent campaigns have improved road conditions over the last two years. But Bicycling magazine still ranks North Texas as the nation's worst area for bike riders.