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Cyclists and motorists sharing the road

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel

The summer months bring out more cyclists, and that means sharing the road, cars and bikes alike.

May is National Bike Month and one cyclist is urging everyone to follow the rules.  

The pavement and Mike Rodgers have become one. He rides more than fifty miles a week.

"I had to give up running when my back went bad and I just started cycling, I bought a bicycle and the first time I went on it, it thought I was going to die," Rodgers says. 

That's because he was out of shape, but these days, it's what's on the road that brings fear.

"We're very concerned about how close cars get to us or how close we get to cars," Rodgers said. 

A city ordinance says they must be at least three feet apart.

"We're considered vehicles in Texas," Rodgers says. 

But he knows that like cars, stunts like running a stop sign could get you in trouble.

"We're the ones who could really get hurt, there's' a big difference between the weight of a car and the weight of a bicycle," Rodgers says. 

Rodgers knows that first hand.

"I was here were the stop sign is, I was standing waiting to go straight, there was a car here and the light turned green and this guy who was right here either didn't see me or didn't care I pulled out and he made a sharp right turn and we missed each other by a matter of inches. Oh my God, I thought I was going to die," Rodgers said. 

Something preventable by both motorists and cyclists aware they're sharing the road.

"We have to be vigilant, we have to obey the laws and we have  to hope and pray drivers will do the same thing," Rodgers said. 

A silent ride is planned for May 21st beginning at Kickstand Bike Shop in Beaumont to honor the fallen cyclists in the area.
          
Then on Saturday June 7th, the Spindletop Spin will bring more than one thousand cyclists expected to ride Southeast Texas roads that day.

 

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