Cyclists face dangers on Green Country roads

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 9/24/2013 8:58 am Published: 9/23/2013 11:01 pm

Cyclists, Heidi Blackmon said she has grown sick and tired of the fight between drivers and cyclists.

Sharing the road in Sand Springs has gotten dangerous. Anymore, a helmet barley blocks everything drivers hurl Blackmon’s way.

“I’ve only had a couple of people in cars yell at me ‘get off the road,” said Blackmon.

She says drivers sometimes take it a step further with her cyclist buddies.

“They’ve had firecrackers thrown at them, bricks thrown at them,” said Blackmon.

Blackmon said about a month ago, someone drove down a popular spot for cyclists, shell creek road and scattered a bunch of tacks. The incident flattened tires on about 50 bikes; it held up traffic for drivers. Blackmon said it happened again last week.

“So what if you’re inconvenienced for a minute on your ride home,” said Blackmon.

Some people have posted their frustration on Facebook, on Sand Springs Gossip page. Tracy Barrett wrote “I just saw four bicyclists run the red light that’s why it’s upsetting to share the road,” wrote Barrett.

“Cars run stop signs as well,” said Blackmon.

She admits it’s not all drivers; she does want all drivers to consider this.

“If someone hits us and it’s our body, we get hurt,” said Blackmon.

Roads bring drivers and cyclists together; Blackmon just hopes both worlds can get to where they’re going safely.

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lovetofish - 9/24/2013 8:08 AM
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I have seen this to many time's people cuss people riding bicycles, I ride a motorcycle and people in car's just dont care they pull out in front of you,they change lane's and cut you off i'm surprised more cyclist are not killed.The road belongs to all of us.
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