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Bicyclists raise new safety concerns

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Updated: 12/02/2013 11:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News is investigating why local bike-lane markings were removed from a busy roadway.

Riverside Avenue is a busy road. Some people say there is barely enough room for bikes and cars to share the same space.

"It's very frustrating. Cars don't give us the right of way," said bicyclist Harley Henry.

Henry knows how dangerous the roads can be. We found video of Henry's friend being hit by a bus in 2011 on the same stretch of road. The driver just barely clipped the bicyclist, tossing him to the ground. Soon after that, sharrows, or special markings, were added to help identify the roadway for bikers.

"We need markings. It says we have the right to the road, too," said Henry.

Henry tells Action News there's a new problem. Work started in July to fix old pipes and repave the road. The problem is the repaving ended in August and now three months later, the sharrows have never been painted back on.

So who's responsible? We found out JEA is.

A spokesperson told Action News while the paving was finished months ago, the city had to wait 30 days before it could put markings back on the road. We also found a second delay: The subcontractor didn't have the right materials to finish the job.

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