Letter: Pay attention to cyclists
To the driver of a silver sedan who almost collided with a bicycle (mine) at the intersection of Borough Road and Lilac Street in Penacook Friday around 5:45 p.m.: Please pay attention to other road users.
I was going straight when a driver overtook me and initiated a right turn. I had to slam on my brakes so hard my rear wheel rose up from the pavement. I think of myself as a gentleman, but my spontaneous yelling unfavorably referred to the driver’s parentage.
I ride my two bicycles a lot, and I’m a stickler about doing it safely. I am as critical as anyone I know about scofflaw cyclists. I follow the rules of the road, wear a bright lime-green jacket and a helmet, stay off the sidewalks, and always signal my turns. Defensive riding can’t counteract stupid or distracted driving.
Don’t get me wrong. I looked at the odometers on my bikes when I took them in for servicing this week. Both have more than 5,000 miles, and I have had very few close calls. Bicycling can be quite safe, but both cyclists and drivers need to share the road.
Incidentally, I do pay for our local roads. I buy taxed gasoline for my other vehicle, a pickup truck. As a homeowner, I pay Concord property taxes.
More cyclists are on the road now that the warm weather has arrived. When cars and cyclists collide, bicyclists always lose. That won’t stop us from riding.