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Letter: Shared responsibility in keeping cyclists safe


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Richard Slater (Monitor letters, Sept. 9) recently made some excellent points regarding the lack of careful driving on the part of motorists as a contributing factor to the risks cyclists take navigating the streets of Concord.

There is no excuse for motorists disobeying rules regarding bike lanes and attentive driving. That being said, there is a mutual responsibility for cyclists to obey the rules of the road.

I am concerned each time I observe a cyclist traveling the wrong way on a one-way street, not using hand signals or believing that traffic lights and signs do not apply to them. The “Share the Road” campaign of 20 years ago is being phased out as it is not working to keep cyclists safe.

Former pro cyclist Dave Zabriskie however, developed a program called “Yield to Life,” which offers some sound, basic concepts for cyclists as well as motorists. Of paramount importance on the road is for motorists to think of a cyclist as a human life and not a vehicle. As well cyclists have a mutual responsibility to practice good cycling citizenship.

HERBERT S. CARPENTER

Concord