Cyclist’s death highlights need for wide bike lanes |

Cyclist’s death highlights need for wide bike lanes

It is with sadness that I note the death of longtime bicycling advocate Jim Rogers, killed after being hit from behind by a local motorist on Highway 174.

In the unfortunate matchup of car vs. bicycle, the bicyclist is at a clear disadvantage, which is why it is critical for Nevada County planners to begin considering bicycle safety when designing and improving our roads.

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the state, and watch it from the windows of our automobiles because it’s just not safe to bicycle – or walk – along the county’s roads with their narrow or nonexistent shoulders.

I am sorry that it took an event such as Jim’s passing to underscores this point. Nevada County should be creating and updating roads with wide bike lanes and thus encouraging people to get out of their cars and enjoy our beautiful home, as he so frequently did.

Donna Dekker

Nevada City

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