All these damn bicycles on the highway
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ASU Fan

Charlotte, NC

#23 Jun 30, 2013
xyz wrote:
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We're not jealous, we're concerned for our safety and our children who may be riding us in our vehicle. Cyclists cause accidents. Many motorists use their cars to get to work. It makes sense that cyclists should refrain from using high traffic and very curvy roads. If you need exercise, go out on the parkway.
Good idea, no cars on the parkway this time of year.
xyz

Monroe, NC

#24 Jun 30, 2013
ASU Fan wrote:
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Good idea, no cars on the parkway this time of year.
My point it is at least most traffic on the parkway is for leisure. Its not full of large trucks and people trying to get to work.
yomama

Hickory, NC

#25 Jul 1, 2013
yeah, this xyz f**cker is just trolling. either that or he's a dumb redneck.
Jake

Memphis, TN

#26 Jul 1, 2013
xyz wrote:
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We're not jealous, we're concerned for our safety and our children who may be riding us in our vehicle. Cyclists cause accidents. Many motorists use their cars to get to work. It makes sense that cyclists should refrain from using high traffic and very curvy roads. If you need exercise, go out on the parkway.
Sorry, I agree with ASU Fan. If you cannot stop in the distance you can see ahead, you are going too fast. Some people ride bikes to work, some just for pleasure. Either way, they have a right to use public roads the same as cars & trucks. We just need to look out for each other.

Since: Jul 13

Boone, NC

#27 Jul 2, 2013
So they have rights, doesn't matter if they are dead. That's an awful big chance thinking about who is right or wrong when you are riding unprotected against a dump truck while thinking it's a good idea to be out for a joy ride on some of these lovely roads. When 2 cars can barely pass because the road isn't wide enough, probably not a good idea to be riding on it, which is most of the rural roads in watauga and avery county. Have some sense and quit talking about who is right or wrong. For all of you saying to slow down, you must not have met one of these people on some of our roads.
Hmmm

Boone, NC

#28 Jul 2, 2013
I have been able to slow down or pass the bikes but I will say that they need to try to be mindful of heavy traffic times. Boone traffic is scary enough with all the cars driving too fast, swerving and all that.
Who knows

Boone, NC

#29 Jul 2, 2013
I live here and ride my bike around 5000 miles a year up here, and I feel like I can see both sides of this issue. On the one hand, cyclists have a legal right to ride on the roads because the law says so and, contrary to what some seem to believe, pay taxes. I own two homes and four motor vehicles and pay state, federal, and local taxes on all of them. And every time I get on my bike, one of my motor vehicles sits at home.

On the other hand, I share the frustration of anyone else who is trying to get somewhere and gets stuck behind some cyclist or far worse, some group of cyclists, on a winding mountain road where it is virtually impossible to pass them. My philosophy as a cyclist has always been to get off the road if I've got a dump truck or similar vehicle behind me and I know it's going to be a while before they have a safe opportunity to pass me, or at the very least do what I can to make myself a small target. I also avoid certain roads, like 194, if I'm riding in a group of more than a few guys. It's literally impossible, not to mention dangerous, to pass 20 cyclists on certain roads, at any time of day. You have to be nuts as a cyclist to put yourself in such a position when people are going to work.

On a third hand, the demographics of the cycling community would suggest that a lot of these spandex yahoos spend a lot of money, and exert a disproportionately positive influence on the local tax base. The recent Blood Sweat and Gears ride brought a ton of people up here; raised $100,000 for the Watauga Red Cross and according to ASU; generated an economic impact of over $1 million. And like most people who live here full time, I get sick of the congestion that comes with the seasonal residents showing up. I accept it because the alternative is to find someone else to pay 60% of our local taxes. At some point you have to take the good with the bad.

If you are stupid enough to ride around on a bike up here as I am, you should at least have enough common sense to think about traffic flow at certain times of day and on certain roads. If you don't ride a bike, hopefully you can appreciate that the benefits of having these people might outweigh the occasional inconvenience. If you can't, feel free to run them over. You will undoubtedly sleep better knowing you got where you're going on time.

But for the record, for the most part I find motor vehicle drivers to be remarkably courteous when I'm out on my bike, in some cases a lot more courteous than I would be under the same circumstances. I try to be equally considerate in an effort to return the courtesy, and in an effort to avoid ending up in a ditch. The only close calls I've had haven't involved locals, but rather people from out of state.

Floridians have the killing of cyclists down to a science, which is why they lead the nation in cycling related fatalities. I should know, as I'm a transplant. I moved here to get away from them. Easier said than done!
Billy

Boone, NC

#30 Jul 2, 2013
I got behind a cyclist on State Farm Road the other day. Not a Lance Armstrong type, but a grandpa type. He was taking his sweet time peddling along before the center turn lane started. I'm not in a hurry to get around him, because there was too much oncoming traffic to safely pass him. As soon as the center lane started, the tard behind me passes me and the cyclist blaring his horn. He gets to the light a whopping 15 seconds before me. So, if you see this a-hole in a red conversion van, be sure to let him know what a douche he is.
Alas

Fremont, CA

#32 Jul 6, 2013
We just need to ' accidentally ' start running some of the cyclists down...the more they become roadkill, the more it'll make an impact upon them riding in areas where they shouldn't be.
Jane

Boone, NC

#33 Jul 6, 2013
Alas wrote:
We just need to ' accidentally ' start running some of the cyclists down...the more they become roadkill, the more it'll make an impact upon them riding in areas where they shouldn't be.
Knock yourself out. It will also take idiots like you off the road because you'll be in prison.
Driver

Lincolnton, NC

#34 Jul 7, 2013
Of course cyclists have the right to be on the road, but some common sense is in order. 194 North is NOT a safe road to ride a bicycle. There are blind curves everywhere and absolutely no shoulder on most of the road. Why do bicyclists put themselves in danger? There are better places to ride.
commutes by bike

Banner Elk, NC

#35 Aug 3, 2013
i commute on my bike to work. how funny that people assume i'm out for a joy ride just because it's 8 am on a weekday. i'm busting my ass to get to and from work in a way that isn't so bad for the environment. if you're mad about a cyclist on the road, i imagine you are probably just an angry person in general. maybe you should relieve some of that stress and go ride a bike.
heh

United States

#36 Aug 5, 2013
commutes by bike wrote:
i commute on my bike to work. how funny that people assume i'm out for a joy ride just because it's 8 am on a weekday. i'm busting my ass to get to and from work in a way that isn't so bad for the environment. if you're mad about a cyclist on the road, i imagine you are probably just an angry person in general. maybe you should relieve some of that stress and go ride a bike.
Do you also braid your armpit hair?
sdotson

Boone, NC

#37 Aug 6, 2013
you think 194 is bad winklers creek popular grove and that whole area up there Shull mills included is terrible for bicycle riders and u cannot get around them.They are very rude and will not get out of the way.did they not build bicycle trails off 421 and up howard knobs
Hmm

Boone, NC

#38 Aug 7, 2013
Given the influx of traffic on the roads you stated above, especially in sunny days when the tourists are out, they are puttin themselves a risk. I think they do have rights so drivers should be mindful, but the riders should also be courteous to heavy lines of traffic behind them. And the poster who I hope jokingly talked about hurting or killing a cyclist, I do think you have anger issues.
t cornett

Boone, NC

#39 Aug 8, 2013
I sure do agree with S.Dotson these area roads are like a interstate most of the times. So many homes in the winklers creek popular grove and shulls mills area.And if you get behind a bicycle rider you might as well hope you have packed a lunch lol so much traffic cant pass even if you wanted too.What did happen to the 421 bike trails and howards knob?

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