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Cyclists and Drivers Get Used to Sharing Roadways

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As more of us move to two wheels instead of four to get around this summer, our roadways are becoming more dangerous for some.

Our newsroom scanner has picked up word of numerous instances where bikes and car collide.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman checked with local cyclists.

You'll notice more cyclists on the road this time of year. Some of them say, between road construction and traffic, it can be hard to find room for yourself.

They shared some tips of how you can keep yourself safe, however you choose to get around.

"I think it's a really large community; and it's growing all the time," Steve Grineski, a cyclist from Moorhead, said.

Fargo-Moorhead is spinning out lately with cyclists like Grineski.

"I usually commute to work and I probably ride three to six times a week, and a lot of those rides I have to go through the city to get out into the country."

You'll see more cycles on the roadways more than ever before. And not everyone is used to it.

"It's really easy to ride around, there aren't cars pushing you out of the way but we do need to find a way for people to be more conscious that bikes are on the road," Alex Clark, bike mechanic at Great Northern Bicycle Company, said.

Clark says he often hears customers' horror stories.

"There are a lot of close calls."

And the rules of the road aren't always clear.

"If there's a lot of traffic and the people and the cars aren't paying attention, it's still a little anxiety-inducing, because the cars are a lot bigger and faster than you on your bike," Grineski said.

But, even in places where traffic is heavy and bike lanes are hard to identify, experts caution not to pull onto the sidewalk.

"Riding on the sidewalk is typically not recommended," Clark said. "If we want to get people to actually work well with cars on the road and not have these problems, they need to get out there where they can be seen."

Clark says cyclists need to be confident on the road.

"With traffic and paying attention to not getting hooked by a car, and making a left-hand turn means merging into the left lane, not the bike lane. That responsibility just kind of falls on each individual rider or biker."

If you're still not comfortable riding on the roadways, employees at Great Northern Bicycle say riding with others is a good way to stay safe.

They do group rides four time a week and invite anyone to join them to get a feel for traffic.

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