A recent letter to the post informs us that cyclists do not belong on the road.
Why was his group of bicyclists riding on the road and not on the bike path? A bike path is aptly named "bike path" because that is where bicyclists should ride. A group of cyclists riding on the road is a danger to drivers and to themselves. Cars have to swerve into the other lane to avoid cyclists and risk getting hit head-on by other cars.
Yes, swerving into head on traffic is the only sensible option left when a driver finds themselves trapped behind a cyclist. Someone should tell the Sheriff's Office about the aptness of the name "bike path."
blocking the Four Mile Run bike trail this morning at approximately 9:20 a.m. was a brown Sheriff’s Office van, within which a deputy or deputies were “supervising” three poor wretches in orange cleaning up in sub-freezing temps.
Melissa Schultz showed in her Jan. 21 letter how difficult it is to be a cyclist.
She claimed that a "bike path is aptly named 'bike path' because that is where bicyclists should ride." But the name is not apt at all. Most "bike paths" are filled with dog walkers, joggers, roller bladers and runners.
These are fine places for a leisurely ride. They are not suitable for a large group of adults on a training ride. Does Ms. Schultz really want a peloton of cyclists racing down a narrow path at 25 mph while she and her children bike to Mount Vernon? Cyclists riding in large groups and at high speeds are safer on the road.
Ms. Schultz contended that because of cyclists, "Cars have to swerve into the other lane . . . and risk getting hit head-on by other cars." But cars do not have to "swerve" into the other lane; they need only slow down and wait patiently for a safe opportunity to pass. Or they may not need to pass at all.
Cyclists are often told that if they obey the law, they'll get respect.
I can see why some doubt that.
If not for the 200 word limit the author might have added that it's a stated goal of every political entity in the area to increase the use of bikes for transportation, and that the network of trails is - and will always be - inadequate to achieve that goal. Furthermore, bike trails are not maintained to as high a stadards as roads are. The MacArthur Avenue trail still has long sections covered in ice and snow - though we haven't had snow for several days. There are many trails with cracked and dangerous surfaces as well as debris and glass. Riding in the road is not only safe, but often necessary.
Others have pointed out that the proper name is actually a multi-use path.
Another letter followed that one, asking why we can't just share the road.