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Cyclists, drivers look for clarification

CHAMPAIGN -- Recent accidents in the area have people questioning the rules of the road, especially when it comes to sharing it.
CHAMPAIGN -- Recent accidents in the area have people questioning the rules of the road, especially when it comes to sharing it. Thursday, an 11-year old was hit while riding her bike to school. She was crossing at Springfield and New Street.

Friday, people were asking for a refresher on bike safety. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has the story.

On the road, there are all sorts of lines. But whether they are yellow, white or dotted, they are becoming blurred.

Mary Beck has been driving for years. But recently, every time she hits the road, she's questioning her skills.

"I'm just real concerned about those that are biking and those that are in cars. There's a bike path with some dotted lines, so just not sure if I'm supposed to be turning in the old turn lane or the other lane."

Phillip Lange understands the confusion from behind both wheels.

"I'd say the number one confusion comes in when people don't use their turn signal. Even when I drive, sometimes I'm a little apprehensive when I get around cyclists."

Lange and Beck agree on why.

Beck said, "It's a little nervewracking now when bikes are considered automobiles. Basically, they have the same rights as the cars do that you're sharing the roads with them. Yet, they don't have the protection of a vehicle around them."

"I think there's obviously a good amount of caution to be had," Lange added.

As well as being in the know.

"It's just a matter of being aware for like both the driver and the cyclist."

Lange said, "It's not just the cars, but it's the bikes as well. We're on the roads together. We have to make sure we know what each of us are doing."

Here are some basic rules when it comes to sharing the road. Let's answer Mary's question above.

When the bike lane is in between the turn lane and regular lane, drivers should treat bikers like other cars. Make sure you have the right of way, then merge into the turn lane when things are clear.

Also make sure when passing to give three feet between you and the cyclist. For cyclists, never ride against traffic.
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