Letter to the Editor: Riding my bicycle in the road is sometimes the safer choice | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: Riding my bicycle in the road is sometimes the safer choice

I use the bike path (sometimes) and my brain (most of the time), but sometimes I use my brain and ride on the road instead of the bike path.

During the summer tourist season, the bike path (itand#8217;s really a multi-use path which includes runners, skateboarders, skaters, walkers and cyclists) is so crowded as to be useless to someone wanting to do a moderate-to-hard bicycle ride.

I would estimate that 95 percent of the non-cyclists on the trail do not follow the and#8220;rules of the roadand#8221; printed all over the trail, by walking left side of the trail. This makes it very dangerous for everybody as the walkers canand#8217;t see the cyclists coming up behind them as they would if they walked on the left. The only bike crash Iand#8217;ve ever had in Tahoe was caused by a walker on the trail walking on the right side, suddenly pivoting right in front of me and slamming into me as I was trying to pass on the left.

Sometimes it is just too crowded to safely ride my bike on the trail and maintain a pace which gives me a workout. In these instances (most of the summer) Iand#8217;m forced to ride on the road despite my yearning to be on the trail.

While not completely safe (nothing in life is), the road is at times the only logical place a rider can maintain a good pace. In response to another letter writer, oneand#8217;s attire is really irrelevant to this discussion.

Mark Mirviss

Olympic Valley

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