Another casualty of unsafe streets in Rhode Island: Charlie Hawkins of North Providence

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Another casualty of unsafe streets in Rhode Island: Charlie Hawkins of North Providence

Charlie Hawkins
We have been lucky in Rhode Island recently to have avoided deadly collisions involving bicyclists. That streak has now, tragically, ended. On Friday, Charlie Hawkins of North Providence was hit and killed while crossing a four-lane road in Warwick in the early evening.

Charlie worked for two U.S. Senators on transportation and energy, and was 64 years old. His death was avoidable and should have been avoided.

Traffic fatalities are not acceptable. Until our state and local governments take responsibility for making our streets safer, this sort of horrific tragedy will continue to happen. Failure to make our streets safer for all road users is unacceptable.

Additionally, while bike helmets protect bicyclists from injuries and can save lives, it is a questionable practice for media outlets such as the Providence Journal to call attention to whether or not people killed while bicycling were wearing helmets or not. Doing so implies that those killed without wearing a helmet (and by extension all bicyclists) are more to blame than those who hit them. If journalists wish to suggest the severity of an accident, a better piece of information to reference would be the speed of the traffic on the street. Police providing information to journalists should also consider this factor.

Read the Providence Journal article and see the piece on WPRI.

4 thoughts on - Another casualty of unsafe streets in Rhode Island: Charlie Hawkins of North Providence

  • capejohn
    Jul 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The fallacy of bike helmets protecting anyone has gotten out of hand. Wearing helmets in motor vehicles makes more sense than while biking.

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  • Robert Smith
    Jul 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Charlie Hawkins was a fanatical bike enthusiast and covered much of Rhode Island by bike. His perspective was valuable in the Providence offices of both Sens. Chafee. He was a great friend of many on Block Island. A humorous, earnest guy. Bob Smith

  • Bob Smith
    Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Charlie Hawkins passionately combined an interest in bicycles as part of the state's transportation policy and a fanatical interest in bikes in his personal life. He was an earnest and humorous guy. A great Rhode Islander.