Valley Proves To Be A Dangerous Place For Cyclists

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 3:50pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:34pm

MCALLEN - How bike-friendly is the valley? Cyclists said every time they go for a ride, they never know whether their ride will go smoothly or if they'll be hit by a distracted driver.

News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray tells us just how bike-friendly we really are.

Bike accidents happen every week. Last week it was Pedro Davila, he had a green light and the right of way. But that didn't matter, because a car still t-boned him in the middle of an intersection.

"With that force and impact, because I was really going fast, I flew out of my bike and I hit the hood," said Pedro Davlia.

Davila was taken to the hospital for injuries to his back and knee. He is out now, but for the next month he will remain in physical therapy, so that he can one day ride his bike again.

Police say the law is to share the road.

"Sharing the road means they both have to follow the traffic laws and they both have to follow the rules of the road," said Sgt. Joel Morales, McAllen Police Department PIO.

And until all drivers take notice of cyclists, it will remain an unfriendly and dangerous stiuation.

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Maybe it is time to make your roads biker friendly with a bike trail. The road between Harlingen and LaFeria is equally as dangerous. There are some who don't have other options but to bike, whether it be financial or otherwise. They deserve the right to safely transport themselves without fearing for their life. Take a poll, see how many are interested. Have some fundraisers. I can guarantee your citizens will appreciate your concern for their safety. A bike ride should not be a death threat

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