Thursday, May 21, 2015

A word about today's headline

Cyclists send message
Ride of Silence aimed at alerting motorists to watch for bikers on road

By Katrina Koerting
   DANBURY — Though no words were spoken on the ride, the message of the nearly 40 cyclists gathered was clear: “Share the road.” 

 Thus begins the lead article in today's NewTimes.  While it is true that too many motorists are very inconsiderate of cyclists, I don't think it inappropriate to remind cyclists of a few things as well.  

For example motorists are not the only ones who need to remember to share the road.  There have been many occasions when I've come upon groups cyclists riding in a pack, hogging  the road.  Passing them is difficult and often dangerous for the cyclist.  When a car is coming, they need to ride in single file.  

Also, cyclists need to remember that they too must obey the rules of the road.  That means stopping at stop signs and traffic lights and granting the right of way where appropriate.  They can't just toss out the rules because they might delay them or inconvenience them.  All wheeled vehicles are obligated to follow the law. 

Courtesy and consideration goes both ways.  Let's all be aware of each other so no one gets hurt. Fini!

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