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East Texas bicyclists finding new paths

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TYLER (KYTX) -  It's been more than a month since the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority banned bicycles on Loop 49.

Bicyclists can now be ticketed for riding on the toll road. The toll road was the preferred biking path for many East Texas bicyclists.

Tuesday night, about 50 bicyclists rolled out from the Elite Bicycle Shop in Tyler to participate in a 30 mile recreational ride around East Texas.

"It's more of a key way to go ride and be safe," said Joe Self, Shop Manager.

It's always easier for drivers to see bicyclist in large numbers. They wear bright colors and use lights to make sure they're seen.

"We'll also be able to talk with each other to ride safely when we are in smaller groups," added Self.

When signs went up on Loop 49 in July banning cyclists, they knew they had to come up with another idea to enjoy their hobby and be safe.

"If you're not watching where you're going, or not looking or texting, that can be a major issue for people on a bicycle like myself," said Brad Young.

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorist when they're on the road. It's important for both groups to be aware of the other.

"Situational awareness is very, very important," explained Self.

Statistics show more than 600 bicyclists die in the United States in traffic accidents every year.

Peltier Subaru provided cyclists with food and music Tuesday night. They also handed out jerseys to bicyclists.

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