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Injured biker hopes to raise road awareness

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By: Jenn Schanz

Keven Skiles has been biking since he can remember.

He rides everywhere, sometimes biking the same path three or four times a day.

While riding his usual route on the bike path in front of McDonalds on 56th and Old Cheney road, Keven was clipped by a car that he says, wasn't paying attention after he pulled out too far at a stop sign.

"We both made eye contact, I assumed that he, you know, saw me. I went ahead and road up around him and as I road up around him I felt a bump on my back tire. I Lost control of my bike, went head over on my handlebars, and ended up going face first into the concrete," he says.

Keven was helped by several who saw the accident, but the driver who clipped his bike didn't stop.

With a broken cheek bone, fractured sinus cavity, a separated shoulder and a concussion, Keven hopes his injuries might raise awareness to careless drivers.

"People don't stop behind stop signs anymore, they don't stop behind crosswalks anymore, they just don't pay attention. They're so caught up in getting from point A to point B all the time that they just want to go," he says.

Despite having many bike paths, Keven doesn't consider Lincoln to be a bike-friendly city, and says cases like his are common.

According to the city's laws, bikers and drivers are held to the same standards when it comes to following traffic regulations.

Keven, who wasn't wearing a helmet, says it's up to both bikers and drivers to show more respect on the road.

"Take a few extra seconds to slow down, be aware of your surroundings, you know, because that extra 30 seconds isn't going to get you to where you need to be any faster."

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