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National Bike Month encourages safety among drives and bicyclists

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

May is National Bike Month and people are encouraged to get out and ride their bikes.

A vehicle-bicycle collision Sunday morning landed Mark Dunn in a Tyler hospital.

"He's in good spirits and he's looking forward to getting back on the bike when he can actually walk again," said Jeremy Yancey, Executive Pastor Lufkin First Assembly.

The driver of the vehicle was attempting to pass him in a no pass lane.

Friends feel carelessness caused the accident that could have been avoided with a little extra focus.

"It's a result of things that happen on the road, not paying attention, not having a focus on the road," said Yancey.

While people are encouraged to get out and ride this month, TxDot Public Information Officer Kathi White says everybody has to work together to keep everyone on the road safe.

"Its about everybody being attentive, don't get distracted when you're driving the vehicle, riding the bicycle or motorcycle you have to make that your focus," said White.

Jeremy Yancey is a friend of Mark Dunn's. Dunn encouraged him to start riding.

He says bicyclists share the same responsibilities as a driver.

"You've got to be very predictable as a bicyclist you don't want to dart into traffic, you've got to be predictable just like a driver needs to be predictable," said Yancy.

 As a driver it doesn't hurt to double check your surroundings.

You never know what you might miss at first glance.

"You take that second look and you go whoa where did they come from," said White.

There's safety in numbers, Yancey suggests finding a bike club to ride with.

"Ride with a group of people that are more experienced and know the road so that you're not alone out there," said Yancy.

Ultimately it comes down to sharing and being respectful of every type of vehicle on the road. That keeps everyone safe.

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