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Bike Safety Causing Concerns in Chico

Published On: Mar 08 2013 08:05:49 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 09 2013 01:05:13 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico has been nationally recognized as a bike friendly community but some are worried about how safe biking in Chico actually is.

“When I go to cross the street, people yield for other car but they do not yield for me and my child,” said Jenifer Davis.

Davis either walks or bikes all around Chico every day, and she says she nearly gets hit by someone behind the wheel.

“I find jay walking safer than crossing an intersection,” added Davis.

Davis says two intersections are particularly dangerous; Forest and East 20th Avenue, and Village Lane and East First Avenue.

“When I'm riding my bike it's hard to get through there because people are turning in the bike lane,” said Davis.

Chico City Senior Civil Engineer Bob Greenlaw says the intersection of east first avenue and village lane is simply old and there's nothing the city can do about it.

“There's not enough space for the intersection the bike lanes actually terminate when you get to the intersection,” said Greenlaw.

East 20th and Forest Avenue is a different story.

“Right now we are looking at the potential of a round about being installed,” said Greenlaw.

The city is considering putting roundabouts up and down East 20th Avenue, similar to the one outside of the Chico Fire Station Five.

They say it's a win-win situation for everyone.

“One of the things about roundabouts is that it will allow traffic to move to flow smoothly through those intersections.  So we don't get traffic waiting at an intersection,” said Greenlaw.

Davis likes the idea of roundabouts, but hopes drivers are more careful in those intersections that the city cannot make any safer.

“I wanted to say something it's been happening everywhere,” said Davis.

City planners say they are always open to suggestions.