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Puerto Rico to debate bills to protect cyclists

December 7, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico legislators are preparing to debate a series of bills aimed at protecting cyclists in the U.S. territory following an increase in fatal accidents.

One bill would require the government to revise its driver’s test to include questions on how to properly share the road with cyclists. Another bill would require transportation officials to launch education campaigns at schools, shopping centers and other locations to raise awareness about cyclists.

The proposals comes as hundreds of cyclists prepare to ride through the capital of San Juan on Sunday to raise awareness about the number of deaths that have occurred on the island of 3.7 million people. Government officials say drivers have killed 63 cyclists from 2009 to 2013.

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