Riding a bicycle can be a great recreational activity or even an inexpensive way to get around town. However, some cyclists in the bike community are concerned about their safety on the road.
Whether you choose to travel on two or four wheels, they're all considered vehicles and have a right to be on the road. It's important to know how to properly share the road.
Bicyclist Russ Terrell has had a few close encounters with cars while riding on some Bay County roads.
"Honestly, it's very scary out there sometimes," said Terrell. He's even caught some of those frightening moments on a camera he mounted to his bicycle.
"People that drive on these streets and the roads need to know that they are to share the road with bicyclists. They are allowed to be on the road," said Deputy Timothy Bowen who works with the Bay County Sheriff's Office and its bike programs.
"There are very few streets in Bay County that have this bike lane so what people need to understand is if they see a bicyclist, they can pass them, but they have to give them three feet of space," said Bowen.
If there is oncoming traffic, Bowen said treat a bicyclist like any other vehicle and just wait to go around the bike.
Safety does goes both ways on the road. Bicyclists must follow the same rules and laws as cars and make it easy for drivers to see you with lights and reflective gear.