The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department cited a 55-year-old man for inattentive driving after a crash that killed a bicyclist on County Highway A in the Town of Sheboygan on Wednesday.
A release from the sheriff’s department identified the victim as Allen Redensek, 55, of Sheboygan.
Both Redensek and William Weber, also 55, of Sheboygan, were traveling south on Highway A, near W. Union Ave., when the crash occurred, about 3 p.m.
Redensek is the eighth bicyclist killed in a crash on Wisconsin roads this year. Investigative reports show that drivers were at fault in at least three of the fatal crashes, and possibly two others. Redensek is the first of the eight killed to be struck from behind, in 2013.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have worked together on the Share and Be Aware Campaign, an effort to remind motorists that state law requires them to provide at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist. The campaign also encourages all road users to follow traffic laws and be watchful for others.
Dave Schlabowske, the Bike Fed’s interim director, shared his perspective on a recent group of bicyclist deaths – four in the past month. Schlabowske notes that the rate of bicyclist injuries and fatalities has dropped in recent years and millions of people bike on Wisconsin roads safely each year.
“…but the Bike Fed staff is working to make Wisconsin an even better place to ride a bike. To us that means make it easier, more pleasant and safer. Many people still feel uncomfortable riding bicycles on roads where they have to share the road with cars. We can only make it safer if we look at the instances where crashes happen and try to implement countermeasures to reduce the chance of future crashes.”