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Cyclists using on-bike cameras in wake of accidents

East Texans plan to mount cameras on their bicyles. (Source: KLTV Staff) East Texans plan to mount cameras on their bicyles. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Joe Self at Elite Bicycles helps a customer (Source: KLTV Staff) Joe Self at Elite Bicycles helps a customer (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A video showing a cyclist getting clipped by a truck while going over an overpass on Highway 69 in Bullard on Monday has cyclists from all over East Texas talking. They say they plan to use cameras to bring awareness to the dangers of not sharing the road.

Joe Self, an avid cyclist and bike shop owner, says although cycling is dangerous, it’s a sport many East Texans enjoy.

“It's a very, very fast growing sport. It's not going away,” he said.

Self says due to accidents with motorists, more and more cyclists are mounting cameras on their bicycles.

“For a cyclist, it kind of makes sense. I ride quite a bit and I get buzzed almost every single time I ride a bike and I don't even ride in the very center of the road. I try and be conscious of trying to stay out of people's way… [Cameras] can show drivers 'hey, this is what can happen if you try and buzz a cyclist or if you're not paying attention,'” he said.

Triathlete Cori Moore says she'll be purchasing cameras too.

“Now, I’m pretty sure I’m about to be out a few hundred bucks for both my husband and myself,” she said.

Moore says safety is always her priority when she rides.

“We're not trying to hold people up and keep you from getting to where you want to go. We're motorists too so we deal with the same thing. We still have to deal with cyclists. We just want to share the road and if it takes a camera to do that, to keep everyone accountable, then that's just what it takes,” she said.

Self says one thing drivers can do is switch lanes when they see a cyclist so they can share the road. Moore says it really doesn’t take much to knock a cyclist over. Even the draft from passing too close can make cyclists take a spill.

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