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posted: 11/23/2012 5:00 AM

Change rules to make biking safer

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Bicycles are a great form of transportation that allow people to go green and help save the earth from thousands of air pollutants, but recently, the number of bicycle accidents have skyrocketed.

Since the progressive era, the bike has evolved to be accepted on roadways where cars also pertain, and while few people know of the rules of biking, many do not. As a driver, it can become frustrating when there is a biker who, despite being required to follow rules of the road like any other form of transportation, rides lower than the posted speed limit. It is also nerve wracking when you have 10 cyclists in front of you and you cannot really determine when they are going to stop.

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This is why I believe that at federal levels, biking should not be permitted on roadways for the fact that although it has wheels, the qualities and gadgets of a car such as brake lights or protection of an air bag fail to exist on a bicycle.

To adjust with the prohibiting of bikes on roads, more bike lanes should be created at a federal and state level provided that the rest of the laws that pertain to cyclists are enforced.

This will not only lessen the aggression of drivers, but save cyclists' lives and in turn lower bicycle accidents.

Jose Orozco

Mundelein

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