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Commentary: A concern for cycling in Adair County

Cycling will be a bigger and bigger part of this community and needs to be embraced. A few scofflaws and road bullies endanger lives, are a threat to economic benefits from cycling

By Ryan Storm

With this past weekend's race a huge success, I would like to bring up a big concern of mine:LWC cycling and the area cyclists have just as much right to be on all of the roads as motorists do. In the past couple weeks, as we have been more prominent on the roads, I have witnessed numerous times people either cussing me or others out for being on the roads.

This also took place during one of the races, resulting in a 5 cyclist crash because they were so distracted by the driver cursing them and making inappropriate gestures.

This was all due to someone having to add less than 60 seconds onto their drive that was probably already going to take at least 30 minutes (since we do live in a more rural area).As a new, and hopefully long term Adair country resident, I feel that people need to realize that cycling will be a bigger and bigger part of this community and needs to be embraced.

It not only brings in more money (from the college students), but also helps the area residents stay healthy and enjoy the beautiful place we live in, on top of promoting a green alternative to driving, especially when gas is near $3.50 a gallon.

Except for cycling, I have been welcomed with open hearts and arms into this community, and road usage should be no different for me or anyone else.

Since there are no bike lanes available at the present time, please take caution while driving in and around the county. As the weather warms up, please remember there will be more athletes and recreational's on the roads cycling, running, etc.

Cyclists must follow all the same rules as cars do, therefore they must be treated like another car. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't try to blow by and run another sedan, suv, or truck off the road.

To those who understand, thank you for your continued support of us outdoor enthusiasts. To those who don't, hopefully this (lengthy) thought will help change your minds.

This story was posted on 2011-03-02 03:52:18
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Nick Grigsby, Criterium, Feb. 27, 2011

2011-03-02 - Photo by Ryan E. Storm Photography (c).
Big Time Collegiate Cycling provides thrilling entertainment for spectators, who lined the race course at Adair County High School for the Criterium race, over a short, closed course, on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Above Lindsey Wilson rider Nick Grigsby, in the blue, speeds by. Hundreds of spectators descended on Adair County for the event. Restaurants were packed, thousands of dollars were pumped into the Adair County economy, and almost all the visitors were impressed by the hospitality of the community, save the dangerous behavior of a few of the thankfully tiny Raised to be Jerks Element, seemingly intent on committing vehicular assault, or worse. Ryan Storm asks for greater appreciation, driver education, and enforcement of Share the Road laws.

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Big Time collegiate cycle competition at ACHS - 2011

2011-03-03 - Adair Co. School District campus, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ryan E. Storm Photography (c).
"Matt Dooley (out of focus) and Taylor Ladd (in focus), in Midwestern Cycling Conferencer men's criterium Sunday, February 27, 2011, in Columbia, KY." Photo (c) by Ryan E. Storm photography.

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Criterium racing: Cycling is fast!

2011-03-04 - Adair County High School, 576 Indian DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ryan Storm.
The fascination of collegiate cycling, especially the road races and, above, Criterium Racing on a shorter, closed circuit, is in the blinding speed of a lightweight machine propelled entirely by human effort. Above, Lindsey Wilson Cyclist Mikayla Lyman, blazes past the lens of cycling publicist Ryan Storm, in the Women's A Race at Adair County High School on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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