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SLO community should do what it can to make roads safe for cyclists

Cars on Highway 1 line up near Highway 46 intersection as CalTrans installs rumble strips.
Cars on Highway 1 line up near Highway 46 intersection as CalTrans installs rumble strips. Special to The Cambrian

I would like to comment on the recent column “Cyclist on narrow roads create decisions” (June 22).

We, as a community, need to realize that we live in an area that has a high percentage of narrow and winding roads.

In addition, we live in a beautiful area that attracts many motorists and cyclists alike.

The pivotal thing we need to realize at all times is that cyclists are motorists, too.

And, we all know there are good drivers and bad drivers, and so goes the same with cyclists. I have seen examples of bad decisions by motorists and cyclists firsthand as an avid cyclist of many years.

I think the most important thing to realize is that a bicycle is another vehicle on the road. As motorists: If we slow down, lightly honk our horns or simply compromise in some way to avoid an accident, then we have done what we can given the circumstances.

Never forget that a cyclist on a 20-pound bicycle has absolutely no chance against a 4,000-pound vehicle!

Jeff Allen, Paso Robles

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