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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Many of the bike paths at White Rock Lake are also paths for people, which can lead to violent collisions.
A mom and her daughter recently got quite a scare while on a trail where bikers, runners and walkers all share a path. Some say they all deserve a safe place to exercise, while others argue that not everyone should be on the same path.
Susana Gibb and her kids were on the bike and running path trying to get across to the trail when a cyclist was coming down the path.
“He tried to swerve and she tried to move, but they hit,” says Gibb, “my heart literally stopped when I saw them collide and I thought, oh my gosh, this could be really, really bad.”
Mom and 6-year-old Liadan then spent several hours in the ER – a few bumps, bruises and three stitches later, they chalked it up to an accident.
Gibb says no one is at fault, but the accident raises a larger issue, and she shared her thoughts on the Dallas City Hall Facebook page.
She says she’d like to see the path expanded or separated. “Walkers and joggers and cyclists, they shouldn’t be on the same path, there are just going too different speeds, it’s too dangerous.”
Gibb admits she doesn’t have the solution, but doesn’t want anyone else to wind up with scars like her daughters.
“It’s pretty frightening because you have to swerve,” Bryan Lopez says, he’s also had some close calls on his bike, but thinks people on the path just need to put their phones down.
“People aren’t paying attention. We run into these guys a lot, they are taking selfies and you have to really yell at them,” says Lopez.
The City of Dallas says they are looking into it, but as a general safety rule, pedestrians should stay on the right when on the trail and bikers or runners should pass on the left.
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