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Cyclist group pushes for change after deadly hit and run

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Updated: 11/10/2013 11:33 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Gary Miller still can't believe his only son is gone, killed while riding his bike home from working a night shift at IHOP.

"It was a total shock when the officer talked to me, I just fell to my knees," said Miller.

Police say Randy Miller, 43, died after suffering critical injuries when he was struck by a car while riding in the bike lane on State Road 16.

Investigators are still searching for the driver.

"I don't see how they could do that," said Miller. "I thought it was very inhumane."

The cycling community is now pushing for change to make the roads safer for everyone.

According to Heather Neville, director of Velofest, Miller was the sixth cyclist to get hit by a car in St. Johns County in just one week.

"Unfortunately, it's happening so frequently right now that I'm getting more angry than I am sad because we need to get to the bottom of why it's happening," said Neville.

Velo Fest will be attending the St. Johns Traffic Safety meeting on Tuesday to speak with county leaders on ways to make the road safer for everyone.

Miller said he plans to cremate his son's body.

"He was a good man, he worked hard," said Miller.

Randy Miller's co-workers plan to hold a fundraiser in honor of his memory.
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megaman1045 - 11/11/2013 7:09 PM
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NO NO NO you NEVER ride against the traffic!!! Only idiots do that! You could not react in time anyway! Simple physics dictate riding WITH the traffic! In todays world of distracted drivers the only real solution is a protected bike path bt that would costly. You can't ride performance bikes on the sidewalk either. The sidewalks are too narrow and NOT smooth at all and would destroy the skinny high performance wheels!

Starteaser01 - 11/11/2013 6:28 PM
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I agree, have the bicyclist ride with traffic the previous post instead of riding against traffic. Or have them ride on the sidewalks in the same direction as traffic. I've seen too many people walking or riding with traffic and not paying attention to what is going around them while on the road instead of the sidewalks. Drivers are suppose to watch out ahead of them but sometimes the bike riders and pedestrians walk/ride wherever they please, and drivers are not paying attention so this is where the accidents happen.

Realchange - 11/11/2013 12:53 PM
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The only suggestion I have to make it safer for bikers is to let them ride against traffic not with it. That way they can see drunk drivers and/or distracted drivers in their side lane and take action to avoid them. Riding with traffic when you doing 30 mph and the rest are doing 65 mph is recipe for disaster. Allowing them to face the traffic gives them chance to avoid bad drivers.
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