Vigo County Commissioner Kearns hosts forum on cycling safety, road improvements

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vigo County Commissioner Brendan Kearns hosted a listening session Wednesday regarding cycling safety and road improvements.

On July 1 of this year, a new Indiana state law went into effect requiring drivers to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing.

Some cyclists say, so far, some drivers don’t seem to be aware of the law.

“A lot of times, you”ll have cars passing you in the lane, which is very dangerous and they get really close to the bikes, that can make the bikers nervous,” said Tabby Carroll, local cyclist.

Kearns said the county will soon make efforts to make sure more drivers are aware of the law.

“One of the things we’re going to do is identify the highly traveled roads for bicyclists and we’re going to put signs out there as a reminder or just an educational tool to let people know ‘Hey, this law is in place’,” Kearns said.

Kearns said the county is also looking into improving more roads, and by inviting in cyclists to share their experiences, they may be able to identify issues they did not know about otherwise.

“Bicyclists are more apt to tune in to those issues because they’re not surrounded by the cage of a vehicle necessarily,” Kearns said.

During his listening session, Kearns entertained the idea of an interpretive park located at a lock between the Wabash-Erie Canal, in Riley.

Although there are no definite plans at this time, Kearns says the park would allow people to learn the history of that area.

Vigo County officials have also applied for a Community Crossings grant, which would go toward road projects.

Kearns said the county will know by October if they received this grant.

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