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Tri-Athlete Promotes Bike Safety

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Last Saturday a cyclist was hit by a vehicle, now he is asking drivers to become more aware, and better at sharing the road. Daniel Molnar was out training for the Xterra national triathalon, which takes place tomorrow. He was riding his bike on the shoulder of Sibley Road when he saw a truck round the corner.

"I noticed a pick-up passing a mini-van around the turn. The next moment I remember is that the pick-up truck is in my lane and right in front of me," says Molnar.

The truck hit Molnar head on. He sustained punctured lungs, several broken bones and extensive road burn. But he wants to use this accident as an example for motorists and cyclists.

"Drivers, you have to look at bikers as part of the traffic, because the law looks at us evenly," says Molnar.

Last year, the city of Bismarck invested about $20,000 in bike lanes around the city, but they are still looking at ways to do more.

"We have started to meet with some of the bicycle and pedestrian groups in town to try and identify ways to perhaps make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient in the community," says transportation planner Ben Ehreth.

As you can see there isn't much of a  shoulder on this road where Daniel was hit.

"Next time I get on the bike might be in the spring already, but I do plan on getting some bright colored helmets a bright colored jersey, just so I become more visible to drivers," says Molnar.

Molnar says the right education for bikers and motorists is all that is needed to avoid accidents like his.

 

 

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