cy·​clist | \ ˈsī-k(ə-)ləst How to pronounce cyclist (audio) \

Definition of cyclist

: one who rides a cycle

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In October 2017, a man inspired by Islamic State propaganda rammed his vehicle into cyclists and pedestrians along New York City’s Hudson River, killing eight. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "Europe Faces Continuing Terror Threat, While Concerns in U.S. Ebb, Study Finds," 20 Dec. 2018 Nearly half of those deaths are among people who aren’t in cars, but are vulnerable to them — motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This is the most important moral question about self-driving cars," 9 Nov. 2018 Some of the most interesting ideas explored by the 360c involve how the vehicle interacts with other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This Volvo concept could replace planes and trains with the automobile," 14 Sep. 2018 Early this morning in central London, a driver plowed his Ford Fiesta into a group of cyclists and the barrier gates outside the Houses of Parliament, sending three people to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "London Attack at Parliament Called 'Terrorist Incident'," 14 Aug. 2018 Last week's Reader bike issue was (mostly) all about the joys of Chicago cycling, but there's another two-wheeled transportation mode on the horizon that could potentially present a nuisance for cyclists and a hazard for pedestrians. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Cycling / News / Transportation Electric scooters could be next to clog Chicago’s sidewalks and bike lanes," 25 June 2018 Each of the 21 stages has a distinctive set of challenges for cyclists. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 If voters approve the bond issue, the city also would reconfigure a stretch of the busy West Orange Trail near City Hall to straighten out a sharp turn for cyclists and add a small park. Stephen Hudak,, "Winter Garden buys lakefront properties, envisions 'nicest park on Lake Apopka'," 8 June 2018 The city’s most recent bond package included $13 million to rehabilitate Roosevelt into a landscaped corridor friendly to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as $5 million for Presa. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Controversial downzoning proposal fails at Zoning Commission," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of cyclist

1882, in the meaning defined above

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cy·​clist | \ ˈsī-kləst How to pronounce cyclist (audio) \

Kids Definition of cyclist

: a person who rides a bicycle

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