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Cyclists concerned about the rules of the road

Published: Jan. 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The death of a Columbia High School student has local cyclists speaking up. They say there needs to be more rules on sharing the road so accidents like this won't happen.

The number of cyclists killed on the roads keeps adding up.  The most recent accident involved high school freshman Hunter Cantrell who was hit and killed last Thursday. Reagh has had his own close calls on the roadways.

"No cyclist in Huntsville goes out expecting to have some close calls," Tommy Reagh said. People not moving over to pass you, clipping you as they go by. The most common thing is probably the verbal abuse that you get. About ten years ago a car hit me from behind on Zierdt Road. Fortunately, it knocked me into a grassy side of the road so I didn't lose too much skin, but it tore my bike and my clothes up and broke my helmet."

An accident Reagh said could have been avoided, but some drivers lack the knowledge of how to share the road and the patience.

"I think that people get behind their steering wheel and they don't realize that it's a human being, not a nuisance on two wheels," Reagh said. "Cyclists don't want to ruin your day. We are just trying to get somewhere like you."

To keep from having another close call, Reagh follows these rules and advices other bicycle riders to do the same.

"Wear visible clothes something with as much reflective gear on it and there is a lot of stuff out there to do that," Reagh said. "The little blinking lights, some of those have visibility up to a mile. Try and be seen, be very defensive and don't assume that anyone sees you," he said.

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