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Sioux Falls Police advise bike safety for drivers and cyclists

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 No charges yet in an accident that killed a Sioux Falls bicyclist.

Thursday, police did release the name of the victim, and the woman behind the wheel.

Police have identified the victim of the accident as 22 year old Natasha Adams of Sioux Falls.

The driver of the car is Terra Zahn, also of Sioux Falls.

Police say that Zahn was driving her white Ford Explorer out of this driveway in the 2600 block of West 49th Street, around lunchtime yesterday afternoon.

They say Adams was riding on her bike on the sidewalk, heading eastbound on 49th as Zahn was attempting to merge into traffic.

It's not illegal to ride a bike on a sidewalk and police say there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Sioux Falls Police Captain Greg VandeKamp said "it's 50/50 for some. I'm not sure I'd want my 8-year-old child riding in the street, I think I'd prefer them being on the sidewalk so again it goes to there are inherent dangers that go with both."

"You know how it is, trying to get out on a busy road.  You're paying attention to the traffic, the traffic, the traffic, and you're waiting for that gap, and then a lot can change in that 15-20 seconds from one time you look one direction, and then you look back the other way, the same being for a bicyclist or a cyclist, or a pedestrian, you can never assume that they see you or have seen you," VandeKamp said.

And one way cyclists can try to stay safe is to take advantage of the city's many bike paths and bike trails throughout the city for cyclists.
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