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"Share the Road" gears up for summer

The City of Lexington prepares to unveil its Share the Road initiative.

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LEXINGTON (WKYT)- Parks are typically pretty safe for cyclists. It's when you get to pedestrian lanes along heavily traveled roads that the danger reveals itself.

Troy Hearn gets around on two wheels instead of four.

As the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the State of Kentucky, he knows a thing or two about the importance of local initiatives like "Share the Road."

In 2010, Lexington was named one of the top 50 cycling-friendly cities in the country according to Bicycling Magazine.

The designation comes thanks to a recent development of downtown bike lanes, local bike shops, the Legacy Trail and a supportive cycling community.

But, there's always an inherent risk.

According to the City of Lexington's Planning Department, there are, on average 60 car vs. cyclist accidents per year.

In order to share the road, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, motorists should yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, watch for bicyclists and only pass when it's safe.

Cyclists should wear a helmet, go with the flow of traffic and follow the same rules of the road that vehicles do, meaning stop at red lights and stop signs, just as if you were in a car or truck.

On June 6, the city will start putting up billboards with the "Share the Road" slogan, which is also already on the side of Lextran buses.

In August, police will step up enforcement of citations related to cyclists and motorists.

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