The city of Dallas is paving the way for better cycling in the city by adopting a new set of rules to keep bike riders safe. It's part of a citywide effort to make Dallas more bike friendly.
The new ordinance requires drivers to get out of the lane when possible if there's a cyclist in it and then pass them after a safe distance. Drivers also can't cut them off, run them off the road or throw things at them.
Anyone caught breaking the rules and causing an injury will have to pay up to $500.
There is still concern about the placement of the shared bike lanes and the fact that they are in the middle of the road. However, some think they are okay.
"I think that's fine. I used to live in Seattle and they use dot have that there too. I think as the community here in Dallas gets more accustomed to bikes it'll be more commonplace and more acceptable. But this is just sort of just the beginning and the start of it. We're gonna have more and more bikers every year so everybody's gotta learn you gotta move out of your lane, get to the next one if you want to pass them as opposed to honking and trying to run them off the road. That's good decency," said Mishkin Santa, a bicyclist.
Cyclist will also be expected to follow the rules of the road.
The ordinance takes effect immediately, although there will be a 30-day grace period while everyone gets up to speed on the new rules.
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