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April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014: Letters to the editor

Watch for bicyclists on roadways, drivers

When you ride a bike near a semi, there are at least four blind spots where the driver can’t see you. We need to be careful when we ride near trucks. If we get hit by a semi, it’s usually our fault. But we need to be more careful when riding near cars. Ninety nine percent of our own, “so close we could have been killed” near misses were because the driver wasn’t paying attention. Or because they have to be somewhere and we’re in the way.

People have come right at us because, even though we’re in our lane, they decide they need more room and take ours. Or they are passing someone and swerve over in front of us. We’ve had to go off-road to avoid accidents. Just because you drive a car does not mean you own the road. We pay for that privilege too.

My husband was hurt badly because some man was in a hurry and turned in front of him at Center Road and old U.S. 31. His health has declined because of that man. A young girl in a red car turned directly in front of us, and I heard someone scream. She slammed on her breaks to avoid what would have certainly been a very difficult time for us. We were fortunate all those times. At least we’re still alive. So many riders who have come in contact with cars and small trucks aren’t. There were so many men and women who went out but didn’t make it back home. The people responsible for their deaths will live with that knowledge the rest of their lives.

For all those who “just know” we’ll be killed when we ride, speak life, not death. Pray that we get where we’re going safely. Then drive like you mean it. Be careful around bikes. Let me say it again. Be careful around bikes. You aren’t the only ones on the road.

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