LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's a simple question thousands of cyclists have to answer every day: Where am I supposed to ride my bike when there isn't a bike lane?
- In the middle of the lane?
- On the far right?
- On the road shoulder?
- On the sidewalk?
The answer is literally a matter of life and death.
Cars stack up behind Cherokee Schill, but she's used to it. Schill rides in the middle of the lane. She also has read the regulations.
"KRS189.3406A says you shall occupy as much of your lane as possible," said Schill.
Biking 18 miles each way to work near Lexington, Schill was stopped a lot. She recalled what happened during two of those stops.
"He says you're not doing anything wrong," said Schill about being stopped by one officer. Her encounter with a second officer started differently.
"He pulled out his book, he's like look, I'm gonna show you what the law says," Schill said. "So we started to read the statute together and were going through it and he stopped halfway through. I said no, it continues, so we read it all the way through til the end and he stopped, looked at it, looked at the road..."
But other officers took a stand in citing her seven times for "careless driving."
"They had it in their mind that I was doing something wrong and they were going to cite me," said Schill.
Schill went to trial on all seven at once. The judge ruled she should have ridden on the road shoulder instead of on the roadway. She lost.
Chips Cronen lost too ... lost his life.
"Threw him into this girder," said George Cronen, Chips' son.