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More bike lanes will be popping up across metro Detroit

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Stuart Baskin rides in a new bike lane on Northwestern Highway (Credit: MyFox Detroit) Stuart Baskin rides in a new bike lane on Northwestern Highway (Credit: MyFox Detroit)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Bicyclists all across metro Detroit are rallying around one of their own. A woman was hit by a gravel truck last weekend while riding her bike. It's just one of a number of bike accidents that have happened in our area, but something is being done.

Bicyclists across the area are hitting the roads trying to share space with cars, trucks and SUVs. With all of the recent accidents, there is hope for people on bikes. Paths are being painted on area roads especially for them.

"We've had water bottles, Slurpees, things thrown at us. You have cars that try to come so close to you, even though there's a double yellow line. They just try and get real close to you. They honk behind you to scare you," said Stuart Baskin.

Baskin was hit just last year.

"There's not a lot you can do. I hit my brakes as hard as possible. My rear wheel skidded, and I went into the passenger side of the car."

Baskin's ribs, hips and knees were bruised, but he's not alone. There have been at least a half dozen publicized bike and car collisions in the past few weeks.

Amy Gluck is one of the latest victims. She was hit Sunday near Ortonville. The avid cyclist is now in the hospital in critical condition. The biking community is a tight knit group that travels in close circles keeping close eye on her progress.

"She's still in a coma. They've had to remove a portion of her skull to relive the pressure on her brain, and we have so many people who are praying for Amy and hoping that Amy comes back to where she was," said Baskin.

We spoke with MDOT officials. They told us new bike lanes that you will see popping up throughout metro Detroit follow federal guidelines. The bottom line is if you see a biker on one of those lanes, you're asked to give them the right of way. Bikers we spoke with said they're putting their lives in your hands.

"It's fitness. It's just being out there and it's pushing hard. It's just a lot of fun," said Mike McNally.

He knows Gluck, too. They all have one thing in common. He's a biker who also has been run off the road and hit. His accident happened in May. He had serious injuries and surgery. He said the brakes have to be put on the accidents and it starts with more bike lanes.

"Dedicated bike lanes, I think that's significant. Having a true demarcation between vehicles and bikers, that's huge. It's significant."

The bike lanes are part of a federal project.

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