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Waterloo ranks among most dangerous cities for cyclists.

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

With 45 years of RAGBRAI, Iowa is almost synonymous with bike riding.

But according to a recent ADT study, five Iowa cities rank among the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities for Cyclists. That includes Waterloo.

For avid riders like the ones at the Waterloo Bicycle Works, safety is always top of mind.

"Bright clothes. When I am in town, I am riding big. I have my lights on, front and rear. Be visible," said cyclist Melissa Stempien.

But safety is a shared responsibility among riders and drivers.

"That they respect the right of cyclist to actually be on the road," said Gregory Young, Waterloo Bicycle Works.

A reminder patience is a virtue.

"I have had people come up behind me and honk because I am on the road and they clearly have a full lane to pass me," said Stempien.

Cyclists ask that when drivers do pass them, they give riders enough space.

"We would like to have a little bit of room for passing. There has been efforts in the legislature to require full lane changes for passing cyclists," said Young.

Last year, Waterloo added a bike line that runs along Park Avenue through downtown Waterloo. It is the first of its kind in the city.

"I know there is an effort by some people to get more bike lanes and bike routes through town. The more of that we see, the more [cyclists] are a presence in the streets. Things can only get better then," said Young.

Both Young and Stempien say their biggest concern when they hit the road is distracted drivers.

Along with Waterloo, the Top 10 ranking included Webster City, Sioux City, Johnston, and Des Moines.

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