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Cameras Catch Cars Driving Close By Bicycles as City Launches New Safety Classes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Along Rebsamen Park Road, you will find cars, runners and cyclists.

Rick Bentley has been riding his bicycle in the Riverdale area for years.

"I've been riding a bike like this for the last 35 odd years," says Bentley.

He says he's always put safety first on the road. 

"You really have to watch out for the cars," says Bentley.

He's happy to hear the City of Little Rock is offering a free class to drivers, which gives motorists tips on making the roads shareable.

"We have a safety program in Little Rock to be perfectly frank," says Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock John Landusky.

Landusky says the free classes, which are being held all month long, is two hours that could save someone else's life.

"They should be afforded the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles. They do have a right to the road, they do have the right to a full lane," says Landusky.

The classes are being held through October.

Openings remain in classes at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Each class is approximately 120 minutes and will be held at the Centre at University Park, 6401 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR 72204. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2-4:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2-4:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2-4:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12-2:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.

Bentley says for cyclists to stay alive they need to be more cautious.

"They are not as aware. They have to be more vigilant than the automobile driver," he says. "Little Rock is trying to become a bike-friendly city."

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