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Officials continue to improve safety for Durham cyclists

Posted November 7

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— More than two years after a Durham cyclist was killed when he was hit by a car, new safety measures are in place to help save lives.

"As a cyclist, anytime someone is hurt or killed it sticks in your mind," said Bryan Poole, the bicycle and pedestrian planner for the City of Durham.

Kent Winberry, 52, was killed at the intersection of Duke University and Chapel Hill Roads in 2014, a notoriously dangerous area for cyclists.

Poole said he changed his biking route following Winberry's death.

"For a while, I would not come down (that) corridor just because I was scared of what could happen," Poole said. "That's why we're working hard to make improvements."

The intersection, the first of its kind in the city, now has green lines in the road. A reminder for drivers to look twice.

"We're hoping that drivers will take one extra minute, just a moment before they turn into the intersection to look both ways, make sure cyclists aren't coming," Poole said.

Bullseye Bicycle employee Rob Clites said he wants to see changes to make more bike lanes around the city stand out.

"I think certainly making the bike lanes stand out more and making motorists aware that cyclists have the same rights, and that they have their portion of the road, helps," Clites said.

Five other intersections along W. Club Boulevard in Durham are set to get green bikes lanes.

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