RICHLAND, Wash. -- Safety is a major issue for people who ride bikes, especially when the bike lane ends and they have to share the road with drivers.
The Three River's Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the city of Richland and the Columbia Center Rotary Club to fund, create and install a number of Share The Road signs.
President of the Three Rivers Bicycle coalition, Jeff Petersen, says that there is no reason why the Tri-Cities shouldn't match bike riding enthusiasm in the west side of the state and continue to make Washington the number one ranked bicycling state in the nation.
"We have the perfect infrastructure for achieving the most bicycle friendly community in the state. We have over 300 days of sunshine a year in the Tri-Cities. I don't think they have that over in the west side of the mountains," says Petersen.
Bicyclists were invited to the corner of Columbia Center Boulevard and Columbia Park Trail, today, to be some of the first to ride the new "share the road" routes.
The coalition says that becoming a "Bicycle Friendly Community" will make the Tri-Cities a more appealing place to live and visit.