Cars, trucks and bicycles: A dangerou...

Cars, trucks and bicycles: A dangerous combination

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Clarke County Watchdog

Esperance, NY

#1 Sep 28, 2012
Let me preface this by saying I am writing this in a slightly stressed state of mind after my near-collision with a bicycle.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, I awoke to a beautiful Sunday morning. I had plans to go for a bike ride on the C&O canal and enjoy the cool, peaceful morning. I loaded up my bike and headed off on my trip to the canal. I was in a great mood on this peaceful morning, but that was all about to change. As I drove down our rural road in Jefferson County I encountered truthfully and literally hundreds of people on bicycles. I was slightly irritated by the inconsiderate nature of these guests to our community. They rode in the middle of the road and seemed to be oblivious to the passing cars and trucks. Cars and trucks had to come to a complete standstill in order to pass one another. After passing the bikes, I traveled on until I came to the intersection of Wither's Larue Road in Rippon and Route 340. The local residents know this is a tricky portion of Route 340 with many curves and hidden entrances. So, I was stunned to see more bicycles in the middle of this busy road. There was no police presence, nor directors of this biking group giving directions, and it created a recipe for disaster. I sat and prayed I would not see a horrible crash between a bike and a motor vehicle. As I entered the roadway I nearly hit one of the inconsiderate bikers myself. My heart was pounding. Gathering my thoughts and traveling on I came upon more bikers, hundreds of them! They seemed to be non-stop and everywhere. As I traveled down the Charles Town bypass, more and more bikers from all side roads were going across four lanes of traffic. I could not believe my eyes and decided it was time to write this letter.

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