Bikers in this area have many miles of trails from which to choose.
However, problems begin to arise when the bikers make their way from the trails to the streets, and get overlooked among all the cars that adorn our roads during the busy summer months.
Bicyclists need to understand that, in order to remain safe, they should abide to the same laws as motor vehicles.
It’s not uncommon when approaching a stop sign or a crosswalk in a vehicle that a biker makes his or her way across the road in front of you without even slowing down. Bikers have the right away, but they should also use some common sense.
At the rate of speed some bikes are moving, it’s possible that a driver doesn’t even see the bike as it approaches the road. The driver continues his way through the stop — and then, out of nowhere, a bike flashes by in front of them, often times getting a dirty look or perhaps the one-finger salute as if they did something wrong.
The reality of it all is that the biker is the one acting irresponsibly.
Whether you’re riding a bike or driving a motorized vehicle, let’s all enjoy the scenery our area has to offer and look out for one another. There’s plenty of room for all to share; we just need pay attention and observe the rules of the road — regardless of your mode of transportation.
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