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Brian Juchno - Breckenridge

After reading William Pitcher’s letter about bicyclists on roads and the responses that followed, I wanted to share with him my concern for road safety.

Not unlike Mr. Pitcher, I was participating in my commute to work, which happens to be a three-minute endeavor. When coming to an intersection where I had no stop sign and the crossing traffic did, I distinctly made eye contact with the operator of a vehicle on the crossing street.

I know that he saw me and my vehicle, and I continued with my right of way. The other vehicle operator then accelerated in front of me and, realizing his mistake, stopped in the middle of the intersection – forcing me to slam on the brakes and skid, missing his vehicle by a single inch.

Mr. Pitcher, I ride my bike to work, and I think we both know my chances of injury in this situation. Now, am I to condemn all motorized traffic because of the poor judgment of one person?

No. It is our responsibility to be alert operators and in control of our vehicles.

The issue is not who has the right to the road, but in all cases, we should be alert and use good judgment. We are all just trying to get somewhere safely.

Brian Juchno

Breckenridge


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