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There's a good reason for the
mandatory helittetrule: the game is all in
good Inn. but tilings can get Competitive
and aggressive, Lightfoot said.
"We kind of get looked at funny by a
lot of cyclists and a lot of people ill town,
he said, "We're not all avid cyclists. A
great number of
the people who
plaj are faculty or
About 30 to
50 cyclists meet
up Outside the
Tuesdays. at 9 p.m.
for Tuesday Bike
Might. The group Cruises the streets of
Denton, choosing different routes.
"The culture for it here is underground,''
said Howard Draper; a local bike activisit
who runs the blog Bike Denton. "I tend
to not blog about all those tilings on Bike
Denton because I don't to want to ruin
it. I don't want define I be culture for
Denton resident Casey Sparks, a friend
of Lightfoot's, was hit by a car April 27
on Locust Street while lie was riding
home from the Denton Arts and Jazz fest.
Sparks passed away six days later in the
first bike-related death in Denton since
Lightfoot said he has had a beer bottle
We kind of get looked at
funny by a lot of cyclists and
a lot of people in town
thrown at him and has almost been hit by
'"S<> it's kind of intimidating and the
reason why a lot of people don't ride
around Denton is because they don't feel
safe," he said.
The Denton Police Department did not
collect information on bicycle accidents
Draper said accident underreporting is
a problem when trying to keep up with
the frequency of bike accidents, but said
lie gets contacted about incidents almost
three timed a week:
"The first tiling I ask them is, 'Did you
Call the police?' Because if you didn't call
tile police then I can't collaborate with
UpBfil ig details," Draper said. "If you're
riding a bike - there's no education
for il- there's no
no lanes in I lie
streets of Denton,
there's no Cues
that tells the bikers
how to behave."
hope thai as the
culture, laws and
biking in Denton changes, the city will
become a safer, bike-friendlier place.
"I think you could see the movements
and such, but it's still a long ways off"
music senior Nate Mattingly said, "l i s still
front bikers rice on hignory'st tuesday'
night june 6. the group mects at the unt
language building at 9 p.m. and roll out
by'9:30 p.m. b/ery'tjesday'. riding routes
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