Bikers, drivers, let’s all share the road

Tue, 08/21/2007 - 6:12pm
By: Letters to the ...

This is a request that we all “share the road” while driving or biking.

Based on my experiences over the years doing both, I feel that perhaps each group has come to view the other as an adversary vs. a fellow traveler on the roads we all use.

Drivers, are you really in such of a hurry that you are wiling to put both your life and that of the bikers you encounter in danger for a few seconds to a minute you might gain by passing too closely or in a dangerous location or by “tailgating”? Not to raise too fine a point, but the law specifically says bikers have the same right to the road as a motorized vehicle.

Bikers, we need to get no more than two abreast when vehicles approach from the rear. Single file is preferable. The law states that bikes can be no more than two abreast. Sometimes a vehicle can get on a rider’s rear without them knowing it. In this case mirrors are very useful.

Common sense, common courtesy, and a respect from each group would do wonders to help this situation and indeed to save lives. Let us travel these roads together as friends.

Von Woods

Peachtree City, Ga.

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