FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - "Im biking down this way, just off to the side of the road. Not off the road, but on the side of it as close as I can be to the curb without hitting it, and out of nowhere a Citilink bus just comes up and literally within an inch of hitting me."
That’s how Blake Mihavics describes the incident that happened while riding his bike down St. Joseph Boulevard on Oct.14.
A scene Lieutenant Tony Maze with the Fort Wayne Police Department says happens, even this time of year.
Maze explained, "Drivers have to be aware, first off, that bicycles are still going to be out there and they have to pay attention to them because you’re not going to hear them as you would a motorcycle or other motor vehicle coming down the road. So, know that they’re going to be there."
The issue? The Citilink driver doesn’t give Mihavics the legally required three feet of room as the bus passes.
The three-foot rule is a legal requirement in Indiana.
Mihavics filed a complaint with Citilink, which General Manager Maurice Pearl says has been addressed.
"That same day we posted up postings about the three-foot rule and that’s a state rule. Fort Wayne adheres to that and Citilink needs to follow that as well."
While Citilink didn’t go into the specifics of the consequences with Mihavics, they did call him when the complaint was filed to let him know something will be done.
Mihavics says he wants to know what has been done, and he thinks the driver should face some type of punishment if they haven't already.
"I would say a certain amount of time of unpaid suspension at the minimum," Mihavics said.
Mihavics says this happens to him and other all year cyclists quite often on the streets.
Lieutenant Maze has some simple advice for everyone.
"The important thing is, no matter what is to just be aware of what your surroundings are."