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BOISE -- The Idaho Department of Transportation is taking the lead to increase awareness on what is, and what is not legal, when it comes to our roadways.

It's that education that experts say will hopefully help decrease the number of crashes.

ITD is hosting a public meeting tonight to refresh people on the laws when it comes to the relationship between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Over the last five years the area around Cole and Ustick roads has had more bicycle accidents than any other intersection in Boise.

There have been no fatalities, but there were 10 crashes - all of them resulting in injuries.

The hope is these crashes can all go away if we all do things a little differently.

With May being Bicycle Safety Month, ITD brought in Peter Flucke, a national expert on bicycle and pedestrian laws.

He spent the day making sure law enforcement from the Treasure Valley understand the laws, who will then go and enforce them and educate the public.

What I'm most interested in is making sure that people know what the laws are and following them, but beyond that, understanding where the conflicts commonly occur so they know when to duck, said Flucke.

Knowing when to duck - as Flucke calls it - is everyone's responsibility.

If a crash is going to occur between a motorist and a bicyclist, usually they both have to do something wrong. One or both may be illegal, but somebody has to do something wrong, said Flucke.

So let's look at each of the three groups: drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and the common mistakes they make that lead to crashes.

For drivers, speed is a big issue that can lead to problems. But turning left can also lead to crashes.

When motorists are turning left an oncoming car is a big threat to them, but they tend to only focus on that, they also need to check the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, said Flucke.

Cyclists don't need to stop at stop signs, rather yield to vehicles, and stop lights are to be treated like cars treat stop signs.

But another issue that is a big problem is riding against the flow of traffic.

It's against the law, they're required to ride with the flow of traffic and it's a contributing factor in a third of all crashes because the bicyclists aren't following the rules of the road, said Flucke.

Those are just some of the topics planned for tonight's meeting.

The meeting is at ITD headquarters in Boise on State Street. It goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about the laws, what current problems face our area, and give public comment about ways to improve safety.

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