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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.

Michigan bicyclists push for tougher sentences when drivers kill riders

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Michigan's bicycling community is asking the state to change the sentencing options for when a driver kills a bicyclist.

A few weeks ago in Portage a pickup driver struck a cyclist from behind. The cyclist died. That case has Michigan’s bicycling community thinking of another crash that happened in August 2016. That's when a driver tried to pass another car on a rural road west of Ann Arbor, but hit and killed triathlete Karen McKeachie who was riding a bicycle in the opposite direction.

The driver was sentenced to probation and $3,000 in fines.

Many cyclists said that was too lenient and are now asking the state to change the applicable laws and sentencing options.

Bryan Waldman is an attorney and board member for the League of Michigan Bicyclists. He joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about the evolution of Michigan’s bike laws.

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