TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - This weekend El Tour De Tucson will bring thousands of cyclists all around our area.
But two cyclists will not be on their bikes. Their widows have a safety message to keep in mind when bikes and cars share the road.
At La Canada and Sahuarita Road there’s the site of a cyclist death by delayed action. Tim Breslin was hit there about a month ago. He just died in the hospital a few days ago. Now his wife has a message she hopes you all will hear.
Deborah Breslin says her husband Tim loved to be outdoors, and loved to be there on his bike.
“For Tim, that was his time with God. That was when he could just not only into good health at 61 years old but he had his one on one with nature."
Beverly Lucke stands with Deborah. Her husband Robert died February 16th. He was on his bike when a semi truck and trailer hit him at 6th Avenue and 36th Street.
She shares Deborah's sense of loss, and sense of mission for drivers and cyclists to share the streets with awareness and safety.
"I'm totally on awareness of everybody that's on the street, be it pedestrian, motorcycle, car, bicyclists, dog, whatever. We just need to be more aware."
That means to be truly awake and aware to the world outside your car, and outside the screen of your phone.
Deborah Breslin says, “That awareness of looking once, looking twice, looking three times if you have to, and being aware of your surroundings. My husband as a cyclist was always well aware of everything around him. The little things, the big things."
Now both women are working with the safety awareness group called Look! Save a Life because the impact on their lives makes that a message they want to you to hear and live up to.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Deborah Breslin with medical and funeral expenses.