Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Be aware

It will only be a matter of a few weeks before the work on the Wood River Trail throughout Sun Valley will be completed. In the meantime, it seems that we all need to be reminded how to be safe with bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. In just one week cycling on Elkhorn Road I have seen too many close calls: people passing inappropriately, going over the double yellow line with incoming traffic, and passing on blind curves. Whether it is impatience, poor judgment, or more likely being unaware of dealing with cyclists because we have the luxury of a great trail system, everyone needs to be aware of the potential for accidents while construction is ongoing.

Here are a few of the rules put out by the League of American Bicyclists for motorists:

· Reduce speed when encountering cyclists.

· Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space.

· When passing, leave four feet between you and cyclist.

· Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before passing.

· Check over your shoulder before moving back into the lane.

· Watch for children—children on bicycles are often unpredictable.

· On curving, narrow roads, slow down and remain behind the cyclist until you can see far enough down the left-hand lane to pull out and clear the cyclist safely.

Bicyclists have the same rights to ride on the roads as motorized vehicles as well as the same responsibilities for safety. Please be aware and drive and ride with concern for others on the road.

Michelle Dega


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