Letters to the Editor

Drivers should be aware that cyclists’ lives are in their hands

A cyclist bikes towards Cal Poly in the green bike lane along California Blvd. in January. Growth and traffic are key talking points in the SLO mayoral race.
A cyclist bikes towards Cal Poly in the green bike lane along California Blvd. in January. Growth and traffic are key talking points in the SLO mayoral race. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

I am a cyclist. I am also a driver who shares the road with all of the other cyclists.

Most drivers are accommodating as they pass us on the road. They may not be happy about having to slow a bit until it is safe to pass, but they do it.

There are a few drivers, though, who make it very obvious when they pass that we do not belong there and buzz us as close as they can.

After passing, they check their rear view mirrors to see if we are still there.

Can I remind anyone who drives a vehicle that you hold our lives in your hands every time you pass one of us? You will win every time. No doubt about it.

But, to maim or kill someone because you don’t agree with our rights to share the roads with you is just wrong.

Granted, just as there are rude and disrespectful drivers, there are also rude and disrespectful cyclists.

Please remember that taking one of us out is not the answer. Try a toot on the horn, pass when it is safe and swing wide next time. See if that works better.

Thanks ahead for staying alert and keeping us safe for tomorrow.

Jiordana Stark, Arroyo Grande

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