Dr. Mark Schulz, associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education, was interviewed by the News & Record about a past cycling accident in the wake of a recent fatal collision involving another local cyclist. Schulz was struck by a car on Aycock Road near Cobb Street on his way home in 2008.

“All bike deaths put a shiver up my back,” he said.

Todd Martinez, a 49-year-old High Point firefighter and part-time paramedic for Guilford County EMS, was bicycling with his wife on Scalesville Road near Sewarn Road when he was struck and killed recently.

Schulz, president of Bicycling in Greensboro, a group dedicated to incorporating cycling into Greensboro life, said that the first memory of his accident was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. He was wearing reflective clothing, had a light on his bike and was wearing a helmet at the time.

“The helmet I was wearing saved my life,” he said, “but helmets can only do so much.”

Schulz was hospitalized for two weeks for injuries including a broken sternum, five compressed discs, a concussion and a damaged knee. He said the woman who struck him was texting while driving. While he was apprehensive to begin cycling again after his injury, he was back on his bike within six months of his injury. Despite avoiding certain roads, including that section of Aycock Road where he was hit, Schulz has a general rule about cycling that he follows.

“You need to be a defensive and smart cyclist,” he said.

Schulz said that some of the safer areas of the city include Florida and Spring Garden streets, which both have designated bike lanes. Coliseum Boulevard is also pretty safe.