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Crime Tracker: Bicyclists Have To Share The Road Too

KHQ.COM - Warmer weather means more bicyclists are out on the road.  It's important for people in motor vehicles to share the road with people on their bikes.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you wheel onto the streets.
 
1) Bikes And Cars Share The Road:  People on bikes have just as much a right to be on the street as a vehicle.  Unlike vehicles, they can ride side by side, just like motorcycles.
 
2) Bikes Must Follow The Rules of The Road: If a bicyclist shares the street, the person on the bike must follow all of the same rules a person behind the wheel is required to follow.
 
3) Bicyclists Cannot Ride On Sidewalks In Downtown Spokane: While they are prohibited from being on the sidewalks in the City, they are allowed to ride on sidewalks in the County and in Spokane Valley.  Bicyclists who ride on sidewalks, however, are required to walk their bike's across the street at crosswalks.  They are essentially considered pedestrians, rather than a vehicle on the road.
 
4) Bicycle Traffic Is Increasing: People in motor vehicles must therefore, be extra cautious and aware of bicyclists.
 
5) Violators Face $113 Fine: Bicyclists are upheld to the same laws as drivers.  If they fail to follow the rules and are caught by law enforcement, they face a $113 fine.
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