ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada transportation officials are asking rural residents for ways to improve safety and increase routes for bicycling.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the Department of Transportation is accepting comments until Dec. 6. The agency is also hosting public meetings around the state to discuss bicycles on highways and other roads.
Bicycle Safety Manager Bill Story says the agency's plan will include policies, outreach programs and infrastructure.
Story says in rural areas the safety concerns are can be addressed by programs that educate drivers about sharing the road.
Multiple residents who spoke during a meeting last week in Elko say drivers are not aware of bicyclists and the only safe way to ride on busy routes is to stay on the sidewalks.
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