Miami lawyer Lee Marks took his standard 35-mile morning bike ride along the Rickenbacker Causeway into Key Biscayne and around Virginia Key on Monday, a ride he has taken for the majority of 37 years.
This time, nonetheless, he was somewhat more mindful.
"Definitely," he said, a day after two bicyclists - Yaudys Vera, 49, and Ogniana Reyes, 46, a couple who together left behind three youngsters - were struck and killed by a Jeep not a long way from the cost square entry on the William Powell Bridge.
The driver has gotten references - - none of which were uncovered by Miami Police Department authorities to the Islander News starting around Monday night - - yet has not been accused of wrongdoing.
Marks is acquainted with fatalities and near fiascoes on the interstate, recoiling at his involvement in a riding accomplice.
"Right at that exact area, a vehicle was going within us ... it came surprisingly close to my handlebars," he said.
The region is referred to as green-painted bicycle paths, however, drivers can likewise move toward a parking garage toward a rough ocean side or go under the scaffold to pivot to continue toward Key Biscayne.
"Indeed, it's a risky crossing point," he said, noticing that when the interstate was worked, there wasn't as much interest in cycling - not until Lance Armstrong advocated the game.
And afterward, messaging on cells while driving turned into an issue.
"Presently, it's a catastrophe waiting to happen."
Marks, 64, addressed the group of Omar Otaola, a cyclist who was killed in 2006 by a speeding bread conveyance truck at the foundation of Bear Cut Bridge.
At that area currently is an "apparition bicycle" regarding the five cyclists killed from that point forward by delinquent drivers; five preceding Sunday's mishap took two additional lives.
"There have been such countless mishaps including speeding vehicles, it's insane," said Marks, who once coordinated the Great Coconut Grove Cycling Race for a considerable length of time.
"Circumstances are different. It's impossible that you can eliminate the number of cyclists. I used to be with the main gathering of riders Key Biscayne had during the '80s. Presently, there are somewhere around 25 coordinated bunches with 25-30 riders in each."