Bicyclists and Drivers Try to Share the Road

April 7, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 6:39 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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April 7, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 6:39 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A 67-year-old man was hit and killed by a car, while riding his bike on the same road he lived on.

Now bicyclists across Western New York are urging people to keep safety in mind, whether they are driving or riding.

The bicyclist hit in Saturday night's accident in Wheatfield has been identified as 67-year-old Herbert Luffman.

He was struck by a 17-year-old girl. No charges have been filed.

The accident happened at night, but people say at all times of the day, everyone on the road needs to be more cautious.

Jacob Casella knows the dangers of being a bicyclist all too well.

He has been hit by distracted or inattentive drivers three times.

He says one problem is that drivers are often impatient with bicyclists.

"Motorists will honk, yell at you to get up on the sidewalk, things like that," says Casella.

However, bicyclists are not allowed to ride on sidewalks.

New York State law mandates they ride in the road with traffic.

Drivers are supposed to treat bicycles like another vehicle.

Gregory Wilder, from Campus WheelWorks explains "They're not supposed to overtake you, they're supposed to give you the lane. But what is the law and what happens on the streets are two different things."

Experts say there are more bike riders on the roads, and reckless riding is on the rise.

<"Riding dangerously, riding the wrong way on one-ways and all those things make cars less likely to look for you," Casella says.

Wilder adds bicyclists need to "Actually be visible -- stay in the middle of the street, where the car can actually see you."

Riding your bike can be dangerous whether it is day or night. However, after the sun goes down, wearing reflective equipment or putting gear on your bike really can make a difference.

Saturday night's accident happened on Lockport Road in a dimly lit area.

Authorities are not saying what happened.

However, experts say this is a good time to remember that danger always increases at night.

"You're legally required to have lights, front and back. Blinking lights and the brighter light is the better. You want to be seen," Wilder says.