McCourtney road rides unsafe |

McCourtney road rides unsafe

Please warn bicyclists that the shoulder is intermittent on McCourtney Road, and that even cars have trouble staying on Dead Man’s Hill before Indian Springs Road. Mr. Lamphier thought that that road is scheduled to be widened, while Mr. Weston, in “copy” of Mr. Spencer, felt that the motor vehicle code was to be followed in the event that the shoulder was eroded.

Until the road is widened, avoiding bicycles with vehicles is not possible if two vehicles should meet alongside of a bicycle on the hill before and after the landfill. One has a walled cliff and the other a drop off. Where are the vehicles to swerve? Into each other? If the bike tries to get out of the way, he has one option for each hill. Either go over the drop off or go into the cliff!

Riding on McCourtney Road is not a good idea until that road is either improved, or has a bike lane. What was that 1950’s ditty about the right of way? “Mr. Right (in this case, the bicyclist) had the right of way, but he is just as dead as if he’d been wrong!”

Elise Hougesen

Grass Valley

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