Speech to Text for west lafayette bike ordinance
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goodbyes. 3 city leaders in west lafayette say when approving new development, they keep cyclists and pedestrians in mind.but they want to be sure drivers are on the same page. news 18's demie johnson shares how proposed changes to the city's bicycle ordinance would hold motorists more accountable than before. 3<riding a bike is an important part of aarya barve's day. aarya barve: "like once or twice a day, just getting around campus." he's from out of state and didn't bring a car with him when he came to purdue.aarya barve: "like right now i'm going to chauncey all the way from the other side so it's like a mile and a half away and a bike is pretty important." assistant city engineer marcus smith -- also an avid cyclist -- says more needs to be done to protect people who choose not to drive to get where they need to go.marcus smith: "having our police show up and have these conversations after the fact isn't going to change an unfortunate situation." there is currently nothing in writing to punish a driver who causes injuries by opening their car door in the path of a cyclist.city leaders are working to change that by updating the bike ordinance. the new version would clearly spell out a definition for "dooring" is blocking a bicycle or other traffic by opening a vehicle door.marcus smith: "get in the habit of looking behind you before you open your door so turning around and making sure there's not only any cars coming but there's also no bicycli coming." another section defines the term "vulnerable road user" ..that includes anyone not in a car who is lawfully using the street or sidewalk.smith says this will be an addition to the city's reckless driver law.marcus smith:"if you hurt a cyclist or pedestrian who is behaving lawfully then you're at fault for being a reckless driver." he hopes the changes raise awareness as west lafayette transitions into more pedestrian city. marcus smith: "it shows people we care and that this is an issue and it's something they should be looking out for." in wl, dj, news 18. > 3 the ordinance also makes it illegal to park in a bike lane and sets clear rules for where a cyclist can ride.the changes will go before the city council