Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yield to Life

Professional American road cyclist David Zabriskie has formed a new organization — Yield to Life — devoted to creating a safer environment for cyclists and, by so doing, encouraging more people to ride for their own health, the good of the environment and the well being of society.

Zabriskie has been a professional cyclist since 2001. He is a member of the Slipstream/Chipotle team for the 2008 season and has raced for Team CSC and United States Postal Service. He is the only American to consecutively win stages in all three grand tour races: the Tour of Spain, the Tour of Italy, and the Tour de France. He is the current United States Time Trial Champion. He's ridden his bicycle all over the globe, but he's been hit by a car three times — each of those "accidents" in the United States.

"It is my mission to humanize and personalize cyclists to help motorists to always be aware that we are 'life' and that we deserve a safe space on the road. I love to ride my bike as do my fellow cyclists, but we should not have to place our lives at risk everyday for that enjoyment," says Zabriskie.

It's a noble cause and one I can appreciate as spring seems to have finally arrived and I'm beginning to put in more and more miles on the open roads. I'll begin taking the Red Hawk cycling team on those roads this Friday morning. Hopefully area motorists will recognize us and "yield to life."

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