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Blame misplaced in incident of vehicles passing cyclist

Brian Waldes - Breckenridge

This letter is in response to William Pitcher’s Aug. 21 letter, “Two-Wheeled Death Threat Exhibited on Dam Road.”

Mr. Pitcher has misplaced the blame for the dangerous situation he described on the Dam Road. 

The two drivers who felt it was necessary to pass the cyclist in an unsafe area were to blame, not the cyclist on the side of the road. 

Motorists need to realize that it is not imperative to pass a cyclist as soon as possible. They should only pass a cyclist when it is safe to do so, even if this means (gasp) slowing down. 

Also, Mr. Pitcher was incorrect in assuming cyclists do not have “the same right to access all roads that an automobile has.”  Unless it is otherwise posted, cyclists have the right to access any public road, even if there is a bike path next to it. 

Motorists need to be aware of cyclists and try to have some common sense when it comes time to passing. I know that’s asking a lot, but it could save a life or two.

Cyclists aren’t “militants,” Mr. Pitcher, they’re just riding bikes. 

And lastly, shame on the Daily for even printing Mr. Pitcher’s letter. Anyone with a basic knowledge of road rules can see his angry portrayal of cyclists doesn’t do anyone around here any good.

Brian Waldes


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