Bicyclists & the road ahead
After seeing the letter in the Trib about the bicycle rider’s complaints pertaining to the road conditions ( “Chip on a bicyclist’s shoulder” ), I do have to mention a few things.
1. Bicyclists do not pay anything toward the upkeep of the roads.
2. Bikes are not required to have any insurance.
3. Quite a few of the operators do not follow traffic laws.
4. When you are riding in your team colors with your spandex suit and riding to nowhere (just cruising) you are recreating and not going anywhere.
It would be like someone playing stickball in the street — fun to do, but annoying to drivers.
This area spends tons of cash to rehab railroad grades to trails. And there are parks well suited to bike riding, so use them.
There are people who do use bikes for legitimate transportation, and that’s great with me. But the arrogant or clueless riders who think that they are immune to traffic need to get a heads up and understand that they are sharing the road with other vehicles that outweigh them by 50 times.
And just an FYI: I do contribute to the Rails To Trails project in our area.