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Take care with bikers

Reed Hamilton

I was pleased to see The Union editorial last week in support of bicyclists. As a longtime cyclist, I can attest to the difficulties of riding in Nevada County. Roads that I used to ride regularly I now avoid at certain times altogether.

Unfortunately, the situation is getting worse as traffic increases. Outright maliciousness is unusual, but carelessness is very common. From a car, drivers see no problem with squeezing past a cyclist on a narrow or curving road, a mere foot and a half away. From the saddle, the knowledge that your 4,000-pound car could kill me instantly with a moment of inattention on your part is cause for some tension. The biggest problem is that few seem to consider slowing down for the 10 seconds or so to get past the tight spots.

Bicycling is not only a pollution-free form of recreation, but also a valuable alternative to the automobile on our choked streets. We’ve got to face up to the fact that we can never accommodate all the cars that will be trying to use the streets. Convenient and safe bicycle paths are relatively inexpensive compared to new roads, and could significantly ease travel around the county.

Reed Hamilton

Grass Valley

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