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Lamb cyclist accidents prompt road review

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas city traffic engineers are taking a closer look at a stretch of Lamb Boulevard after one cyclist was killed and another was injured by vehicles in separate incidents over the weekend.

People living in the vicinity of Lamb from Charleston Boulevard to Stewart Avenue, where the speed limit is 45 miles an hour, say it is a dangerous roadway that could use more crosswalks.

Fresh paint marked the spot where one cyclist, 62-year-old William James McCarley of Las Vegas, reportedly drove his bike into traffic without warning Sunday morning. Metro Police said McCarley, who was killed, wasn't wearing a helmet or following rules of the road.

"When there is an incident, whether it's a critical injury or a fatality, we do receive the police reports,” assistant city traffic engineer Joanna Wadsworth told 8 News NOW Monday. ”We review the information. We do site reviews, figure out causes and hopefully prevention."

As part of the review, traffic engineers will study whether lowering the speed limit to 35 miles an hour could save lives. They will also consider adding crosswalks and other improvements.

"Definitely the wider streets are wide for pedestrians to cross,” Wadsworth said. “There have been a lot of projects in recent times to reduce those crossing distances, whether it's adding in a median, or a refuge island."

Lamb Boulevard has a wide bike lane and the road was recently repainted. But safety advocates say rules still have to be followed by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

"When you are a vulnerable road user, you don't get hindsight,” said Erin Breen, who directs UNLV's Vulnerable Road Users Project. “You don't get to go back and say, ‘Oh well, I'll do that differently next time.'”