Memorial honoring 5 fallen cyclists being considered at new Red Rock bike trail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Several memorials throughout the Las Vegas Valley have gone up honoring the lives of 5 bicyclists who died in December 2020.

There is one other memorial probably within the works at the trailhead of the Red Rock Legacy Trail close to Charleston Boulevard and Sky Vista Drive.

“I know for the families of the victims, the memories are never going to fade,” Clark Commission Justin Jones mentioned. “I want to obviously send my regards out to the families and the friends.”

Jones is an avid bicycle owner and says he was approached by the household of the victims concerning a everlasting memorial.

The crash, one of many state’s most dangerous in a long time, occurred on the morning of Dec. 10, 2020, on U.S. 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, about 60 miles outdoors of Las Vegas.

Over the previous two years, Commissioner Jones says Clark County has made efforts to handle biker security. They’ve added buffers and guarded bike lanes, together with new trails.

Construction will begin on the parking zone of the Red Rock Legacy Trail in about 18 months, in response to Jones.

“In every decision that we make, we’re thinking about cyclists’ safety. Pedestrian safety, and really making sure that safety is of primary concern,” Jones mentioned.

There is a memorial already erected for the 5 victims which are situated at the intersection of Charleston Blvd. and Clark County Route 215.

The bicycle store Las Vegas Cyclery additionally created its personal memorial, previous to this incident, to focus on bicycle owner deaths.

“This one here is just to remind people that cyclists are out there, to be careful and watch the road,” Shawn Tyrone, General Manager of Las Vegas Cyclery mentioned.

Tyrone doesn’t even experience his bicycle on the valley roads anymore.

“I don’t feel safe anymore and I’ve ridden in this town for 30-plus years. [I] just kind of watched the traffic increase, the distractions increase, and the deaths increase,” Tyrone mentioned.

The 5.5-mile Red Rock Legacy Trail will finish at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area price entrance, and it’ll even be open to pedestrian visitors.

Construction on the trail itself will begin within the subsequent 18 to 24 months.

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