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Mayor Coleman Announces Bicyclist Awareness Campaign

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Mayor Michael Coleman wants to make sure motorists know they need to "share the road" with the city's bicyclists.

Mayor Coleman (D-Columbus) joined with state officials on Monday to kick off the city's Bike to Work Week, and to unveil the Share the Road campaign, which reminds drivers to respect bicyclists while traveling on Columbus roadways.

"Bicyclists and motorists need to obey all traffic laws and share the road safely and legally," Mayor Coleman said.  "That's why we are partnering with ODOT on a Share The Road public education campaign to give bicyclists and motorists tips for staying safe on Columbus streets."

Columbus officials are spending more than $5 million in 2013 to make the city more bicycle-friendly, including investments in paths, lanes, and pavement markings.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long said the effort to encourage bicycling could help cut the city's high obesity rate.

"Biking more and driving less is good for your body. It is good for your heart and muscles," Long said. "Biking helps prevent overweight and obesity, as well as the health conditions associated with them."
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