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Bluffton bike riders hobbled by May River Rd. rumble strip

May River Road used to be a popular route for cyclists, but not anymore. Local cycling advocates say that all changed when the S.C. Department of Transportation laid down a teeth-chattering rumble strip in the spring, despite promises that it wouldn't affect cyclists. Since then, three experienced cyclists have crashed on the road, and they blame the too-wide rumble strip, said cycling advocate Frank Babel. The rumble strip has also made the shoulder where cyclists can ride very narrow. A fourth cyclist, Kerry Hubbard, was seriously injured while riding along the shoulder when a car crashed into him and drove off. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition has apparently gotten in on the action and is negotiating with the DOT so similar rumble strips are never put on local roads again.

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