Letters to the Editor

Bicyclists, be cautious on roads shared by bikers and cars

Kathe Tanner is to be commended for giving us the nitty-gritty about the problems of sharing roads (column, “Cyclists on narrow roads create difficult decisions,” June 22).

I was not even aware of the 3-foot rule or the fact that it is illegal for cyclists to ride two or three abreast in bike lanes (although it should be common sense).

Studies have shown that both cyclists and drivers are complicit in their negligent road habits.

In my opinion, our roadways are simply incompatible for both unless there is at least a 6-foot-wide bike lane — preferably colored like you see in a few places, with a rumble strip. That presumes motorists are not drug-addled and homicidal.

My wife and I occasionally ride the Bob Jones Bike Trail in San Luis Obispo, which is a great road-free cycling path. But to get to it, you have to ride on South Higuera Street’s narrow bike lanes. We use sidewalks (and dismount for pedestrians). We may get cited, but at least we won’t get killed or badly injured.

The basic problem is that our roadways need to be retrofitted to allow both cyclists and motorists to coexist, and today there is neither the room, nor the funds, to make this happen.

So be really cautious out there.

William Seavey, Cambria

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