ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Lonnie Wormley says with the beautiful countryside there's no better place in America to bike than right here in Albany. But he thinks that could change if drivers aren't paying attention to the road.
"My first accident put me in the hospital," recalled Wormley. "And I couldn't ride a bike for 8 months."
Every afternoon Wormley leaves Albany State the same way he arrives in the morning: On his bike, helmet strapped, and on his 25-mile scenic route home.
The interim chief information security officer enjoys cycling for both exercise and mental clarity.
"When I'm trying to figure out, how do I write this code to solve that problem? The answer will come I'm riding my bike."
However, Tuesday afternoon he was struck as he was stopped an intersection when a driver claimed she didn't see him. His injuries were minor, but he knows how bad it could have been.
"Doesn't matter whether there's a bicycles out there or other vehicles or children crossing the street, you need to pay attention. You need to have your eyes and mind focused on driving."
And when people talk, eat or text while driving, incidents like what happened to Wormley at the intersection of Lily Pond and Old Pretoria Road can occur.
"I was yelling and yelling and yelling at her to stop, and she didn't stop until my bike was in the street and I was on her hood of her car and I can see directly in there she was on her phone."
He wants to establish Albany as a safe, and fun place for cyclists, but needs the help of drivers. Wormley thinks Albany's economy could benefit from cyclists.
"But if we get the word out that this is not a safe place for cyclists, they're not going to come here, ride their bikes and spend their money."