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Motorist has suggestions for bikers

Comments re article 42774. Commentary: A concern for cycling in Adair CountyJanet Hutcheson writes:
I have every respect for the LWC cyclists being on our roadways and agree that people should give them room. My issue comes in with the lay of the land our roads are on. Many times I have driven unsuspecting over a hill to find one or several bike riders right in front of me and had to slam on the brakes. I fully understand that during the races they can't use marker poles but for everyday they should be required to have an orange flag to let motorists know they are getting close to the bikers. I also think it would be smart for them to wear an orange or neon vest like our woodsmen do. I have seen a lot of bike riders in very dull colored clothing on dreary days and they almost disappear. The last thing I would want is to hit one of them so these steps for safety are for my protection as much as theirs. I also urge people to slow down and share the road when they do see the bike riders! -Janet Hutcheson
Thanks for your comment. The answer, I would think, would be lower speed limits on the roads. Bikers on the downside of a hill are usually going faster than 15-20 miles per hour, faster than most farm vehicles. Being prepared for that eventuality should be the motorist's responsibility in all cases, I would think. I don't see any way to transfer responsibility for the bikers', hikers', and farmers safety from the motorists. Speed and not maintaining intervals are failings of motorists, not cyclists. -EW

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