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Will Chicago Rider's Death Shine Light On Bicycle Safety?

(CBS) -- There is no bike lane on Michigan Avenue, but it's a popular street for cyclists because it leads to the beach.

That's where Blaine Klingenberg, 29, was believed to be headed when he collided with a double decker bus on Wednesday.

His death may not impact the way some cyclists ride. CBS 2 observed a bike messenger on Thursday blowing through a red light.

"It's a lot easier for me to go through the light," Jake Baginski tells CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker.

Luxury limo driver Sheila Jones says she has seen bicycle riders weave in and out of traffic as she makes her way across the city.

"If they cut in and out … without you seeing them it's a potential hazard," she says.

Jason Ray Jenkins promotes cycling in the city for the Action Transportation Alliance. Bikers, he says, are involved in some 1,500 crashes a year. According to the city of Chicago, seven people died in bike incidents last year; Wednesday's incident was the first fatal this year.

"We certainly encourage people to be cautious, follow rules of the road and obey traffic signals," Jenkins says.


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