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Bicyclists should use the bike paths

I was interested to see the article on adjusting speed limits. It seems some cyclists are concerned about safety. The front-page photo in the article showed a cyclist riding on the roadway facing into oncoming traffic. I thought this was ironic. It made me think of the score of millions of dollars spent recently to provide a nice safe bike path to protect drivers of vehicles from erratic, road-hogging bike riders. The bike path is well equipped with signage and lane dividers along with stop signs as well as maps and arrows to direct traffic on the multi-million dollar bike path which, by the way, in most places has bikes going with the flow of traffic for their safety. True, riding on the bike path makes it difficult to ride merrily along with side-by-side chatting. There may be an oncoming bicyclist or a pedestrian to share the bike path with. That could be inconvenient, but it would be safer than riding side by side along major highways with high traffic volumes and only the back of caution signs, stop signs and warning signals to protect you. Perhaps there should be speed bumps installed every 100 yards along the highway adjacent to the bike path to slow vehicle traffic and protect those cyclists riding along on the interstate highways.

Of course the Tahoe Basin is a wonderful place to bike and enjoy. I sometimes take a bike ride to various points of interest in and around the basin. I even support the idea of inviting cycling events and diverting traffic for these special events. However, on a day-to-day basis it would behoove the community to let traffic flow and direct cyclist to use the safety provisions responsibly; much like pedestrians use crosswalks and traffic signals to remain safe and sound.

James Pozniak

Stateline, Nev.


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