Local group warns cyclists the dangers of riding while impaired

    Local group warns cyclists the dangers of riding while impaired

    Every year thousands of bikers get hurt on roadways.

    In 2016, 102 U.S. cyclists were killed.

    Studies show the two big reasons for deaths among cyclists were not wearing a helmet and drinking while biking.

    As Springfield continues their work to bring more cyclists into the city, local groups are reminding riders how dangerous the roads can be, especially if you are biking under the influence.

    "It really slows your reaction times and it could make you think you were stronger than you are,” said Tom Clark, with the Springfield Bicycle Club.

    Biking takes balance and coordination.

    Alcohol impairs both of those.

    "You could crash or you could hurt somebody else which is even worse," said Clark.

    On Saturday, dozens of cyclists had a chance to see what it would be like to ride while impaired, including Gary Doering, whose been biking for decades.

    “I was in a race in the mountains in 1976 in the Rockies descending in a rainstorm. It's kind of like this," said Doering.

    In Illinois, a person can get a DUI if they’re driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 in a motorized vehicle that can travel more than 20 miles per hour.

    That means a person can’t get a DUI on a bike.

    However, it’s still a risk to drink and bike because alcohol can affect someone’s ability to safely share the road with cars.

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