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Study shows stretch of Congress is dangerous for cyclists

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Cycling can be a convenient way to get around, but it can also be dangerous. 

A study shows that Congress from N. 5th Ave. to Scott Ave. is one of the most dangerous stretches of road for cyclists in Tucson.         

It is mainly because there is no bike lane and there is a lot of parallel parking along the road. 

Three years ago, Chris Porter ditched his car and grabbed a bike. He says he loves riding downtown, but it can be dangerous. 

"It's pretty rough. Especially near Ronstadt... That's probably my most challenging area right there at Congress and 5th," said Porter

He has only had two crashes on his bike. One of them was because of the streetcar tracks. 

Pima County's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety team says to always cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle like a plus sign. 

The study that ranked Congress one of the worst roads for cyclists chose it because there are narrow shoulders and no bike lanes. 

"There's kind of a choke point as you enter downtown and especially right in front of the Rialto and down there, there's all those two lanes with lots of parallel parking so when you're backing up they don't see you," said Porter. 

The County says cyclists riding on the roads are subject to many of the same laws and vehicles are. 

And they say riders should always wear helmets. 

The Tucson Police Department says there have not been any bicycle fatalities downtown this year, but there have been two in other parts of town. One happened Tuesday night at Ft. Lowell near Oracle.

The county has more tips for drivers and cyclists here

And here is a list of laws cyclists in Tucson should follow. 

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