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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Few things in this world are free. One is air, and another is the public right-of-way. Anyone can go anywhere in the world in these rights-of-way, excluding interstates, for free.
You can walk, run, ride a horse, wheelchair, scooter, car, truck and, yes, a bicycle.
Some selfish motorists think the roadways are their exclusive domain. This is not true, and it is not harmless to pull up beside a bicyclist and blow your horn or yell and stomp on the accelerator.
Yes, it does startle us. We are concentrating on the road, trying to stay on the edge so you can pass safely. When cyclists traveling at 15 mph wreck, they will be injured or killed. We don’t have 2 tons of metal protecting us.
There are plenty of risks without your insults. A patch of gravel or pothole can send a bicycle flying. I accept the normal risks of biking on a public road, but to intentionally startle a biker is attempted murder. You may have already killed someone and didn’t even look back.
Slow down, pass safely and share the road. A life is surely worth a few seconds of your time.
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