Tragic Bicyle Deaths have local advocates pushing for statewide changes

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INDIANAPOLIS (NOV. 11, 2014)--"If you see me out there please don't hit me with your car."

Those  the final words of Neil Kelty's last blog entry.  His fiancé Kelsea Nicholson,  and his sister, Stephanie Kelty,  describe him as bike enthusiast.

"He was relatively new to it.  He had only started biking to work a few months prior," said Kelty.

Neil Kelty was on his way to work back in April, 2014,  when he was hit and killed by a school bus near the intersection of Westlane and Ditch roads. A white 'ghost bike' now sits in that spot, keeping his legacy and passion for cycling alive.

"As someone who has lost someone in a cycling accident, we want to make sure that never happens again," said Nicholson.

Unfortunately,  it did happen again, 55-year-old Catherine Lynn was killed Monday after she was hit by two cars near 33rd and Martin Luther King streets.

"It definitely strikes a nerve within me to help further this along because of the personal experience I have had with it," said Kelty.

"It gets people charged up," said Kevin Whited, executive director of INDYCOG.

Whited heads local bike advocacy group INDYCOG.  The organization is pushing for changes to city code and state law.

"You are driving a 2,000 pound piece of equipment.  You do have to be careful," said Whited.

Along with constantly stressing the importance of flashing lights, reflectors and helmets, INDYCOG will introduce the 'Vulnerable Users Law'--calling for stiffer penalties for drivers who injure or kill  cyclists.

"I know what the loss feels like.  I absolutely think changes need to be made" said Kelty.   ​