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As more cyclists hit road, number of accidents rises

Growth in bike use outpaces motorists’ expertise, some warn

As the bicycling community reels after the death of two Boston bicyclists within the past week, government officials and bike advocates are hoping to thwart a rise in collisions as bike ridership in the region surges.

The increasing popularity of bicycling as a mode of transportation, partly fueled by the expanding ­Hubway bike-share system, has outpaced motorists’ awareness and understanding of how to share the road with the growing throngs of bikes, specialists said.

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