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0000017b-35e5-df5e-a97b-35edafbc0000When a pickup truck slammed into a group of bicyclists on a rural road in Kalamazoo County on June 7, 2016, five riders were killed and four were seriously injured. In 2016, 38 bicyclists died on Michigan's roadways, a 10-year high. In our three-part series for "Morning Edition" called "Sharing the Road," Michigan Radio's Doug Tribou looks at the current state of bicycling and the future of bike safety in Michigan.Also, a survivor of the Kalamazoo County crash shares the story of how his life has changed in the year since.

The future of bicycling and bike safety in Michigan

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A "safe passing" bill has been introduced in the state House and Senate. It would require cars to give bicycles 5 feet of space when passing.

This week marks the anniversary of the crash that left five bicyclists dead in Kalamazoo County. In 2016, a total of 38 cyclists in Michigan lost their lives in crashes involving motor vehicles. That's a 10-year high, according to state data.

Michigan Radio's “Sharing the Road” series has been examining bike safety in Michigan. For the final installment, two experts joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a conversation about the future of bicycling in Michigan. 

John Lindenmayer is the executive director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists – a nonprofit group that works with state and local agencies to improve bike safety.

Josh DeBruyn is the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator at the Michigan Department of Transportation.

John and Josh also answered some questions from Michigan Radio listeners about bicycling laws in the state. Click here for additional questions and answers

This is Part Three of "Sharing the Road," a Michigan Radio series. Click here to read more.

Michigan Radio's Morning Edition producer Lauren Talley contributed to this story with additional help from Michigan Public Radio Network's Cheyna Roth. 

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