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Bicycle safety on display in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In the past decade commuting by bike in Pennsylvania has increased more than 70%.

On Friday, officials in Bethlehem learned the rules of the road in an effort to become more educated on biking in the city.

Scott Slingerland of the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation led the training aimed at educating public officials and decision makers about city riding.

"We talk about not riding close to curb or close to parked cars doors. Being in a lane visible to other cars," he said.

"I'll see guys riding on sidewalks, coming to an intersection and going right through. It makes me cringe," rider and Bethlehem city worker Peter Hepler said.

Hepler was one of about two dozen city workers and area police officers taking part in a bicycling traffic skills course.

Decked out in a rainbow wardrobe 75-year-old Betty Kelly tells us she biked across America back in 2008 and says there's a method to her wardrobe.

"I want people to see me so they don't hit me. If they say I couldn't see you, I say you could see me from space," said Kelly.

In 2015, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 818 cyclists were killed by cars in the U.S. which is up 12% from 2014.

Bethlehem bicycle cop Officer Blake Kuntz says he's seen an increase in city riders and says the biggest mistake bicyclists make is not paying attention to what cars are doing.

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