Stay safe on the streets: Tips and safety laws for cyclists, motorists

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After a fatal accident Monday, bicyclists are warning other cyclists and motorists to be safe on the streets.

For cyclists, the Mesa County Bicycling Alliance said to make eye contact with a driver, and watch the front wheel of a car—that will denote where the car is going, and wear reflective clothing.

For motorists, leave space; it's a law.

“There is a law in Colorado that does require motorists, when you’re passing a cyclist, to pass by three feet. If you want to judge it at a distance, figure twice as far as the handlebars are wide,” said John Hodge, member of the Mesa County Bicycling Alliance.

Of course, always wear a helmet. Brown’s Cycles said just an 18 inch fall can crack a skull.

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