In the past year of painful deaths on the roads of Las Vegas, we’re doing the best we can

By Alan Snel from

I was cycling up Alta Boulevard hill as I approached the Rainbow Boulevard intersection when I saw a sleek bike rack in the back of the Subaru hatchback. It was a red light at the Rainbow intersection, which meant it would take a while to wait for the traffic light to turn green. The motorist had rolled down the passenger side window, so I figured I would kill the red light with a friendly chat with the driver.

“It’s a nice bike rack that you have on your car,” I said to the driver.

He smiled and told me that the bike rack can accommodate bikes with 26 inch tires and 29 inch tires. And then he got into a revealing chatter.

“I don’t cycle on the roads. Too many people drink, ”he said, pointing the thumb and punk of that right hand in opposite directions. “I myself was a problem with DUIs. Now I am sober.


I was cycling home from the Honor Ride 2021, an inspiring bike ride of wounded veterans, military personnel, first responders and everyday cyclists that I try to report on every year. It usually takes place in early November and cyclists have plenty of stories to tell about how cycling has helped them overcome an ordeal.

When you cycle alone on roads designed with priority for the movement of cars over the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, you sometimes feel alone on a two-wheeler.

This is not the case today when hundreds of riders, many wearing the Honor Ride cycling jerseys and the old Ride 2 Recovery cycling jerseys, cycled on a closed Strip and through the Las Vegas Valley and turned. rejoice in the sheer joy of moving with the power generated by your legs and your willpower.

Half a day earlier on Friday night in downtown Las Vegas, dozens of bicycle mural fans used paintbrushes and rollers to apply color to a parking lot wall to raise awareness of the cycling in Las Vegas.

It was an inspiring sample of downtown cyclists and supporters who came to Casino Center Boulevard a lot to paint the mural, with a short urban bike ride that ended at the Art District.


Headlines about the increase in road fatalities in Clark County have been running throughout the year. The scale of the deaths also made her cry and shake her head.

In December, a truck driver on methamphetamine killed five cyclists south of the Las Vegas subway. It was a horrific accident that many still face. A ghost bike for five people has been installed at various sites as a commemorative reminder of the loss of life of cyclists.

And while the Las Vegas Raiders took to the New York City subway to play against the Giants on Sunday, back in Las Vegas, people are still trying to figure out why a former Raiders player is driving so fast at 156 mph in a local surface street that ended with the death of a 23-year-old woman and her dog on Rainbow Boulevard at 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s a terrible error in judgment of the most horrific kind, it’s something he will have to live with the rest of his life,” Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said of Henry Ruggs, the former Raiders player accused of several crimes. “The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life.”


In the midst of all this pain of deaths on our roads, Las Vegas has come together. This is what we do. We close ranks, unite our arms and find a way forward.

We continue to ride our cyclists without ever forgetting our losses. We bring candles and create memorials.

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