Bicyclists shouldn't hog roads, either

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In response to S.G. von Schweinitz's letter to the editor ("Accommodating bicycles is just smart," Dec. 28), I agree bicycling is an excellent activity, but there seems to be little justification to building "bicycle interstates" across the community and state. Simple recreational trails shared with walkers and hikers should be more than adequate, and already exist for the most part.

Mr. von Schweinitz's argument that we should emulate the British and collectively achieve 44 mpg would produce a dramatic shortfall of funds to maintain the road and bridge infrastructure in the state. These facts are irrelevant and really have no bearing on the central theme of "bicycles in the community."

The real question is: Should bicycles be allowed to operate on our roads and highways? Certainly they should. But when "competitive-minded riders" think it is OK to ride two or even three abreast, taking up a whole lane of roadway, the activity becomes dangerously unacceptable, along with running stop signs and red lights.

C.W. Ashby


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etlinks 01/04/11 - 08:30 am
I have yet to see a bicycle

I have yet to see a bicycle rider on the new Palmetto parkway bike trail in North Augusta.

dgaddis 01/04/11 - 10:18 am
@etlinks - I ride the

@etlinks - I ride the palmetto parkway a good bit.

If we want cycling to become ingrained into our culture we need bike paths/lanes that ACTUALLY GO SOMEWHERE so people can use them in their normal day to day activities.

megnarn 01/04/11 - 11:46 am
I also use the Palmetto

I also use the Palmetto Parkway bike path. However, there is a problem with coarse gravel on the path, which makes it a little sketchy at times. I also use the new bike lane on St Sebastian five times a week on my work commute. It is a good bike path; it's clean, and allows a quick and safe commute from the hospitals almost to the river. I appreciate the bike lane!

Bicycling 01/06/11 - 12:23 am
I really appreciate the bike

I really appreciate the bike lane on the 2 mi stretch from Riverwatch to Evans To Locks and use it several times per week. Unfortunately it is only 2 mi long so I'm only riding in a bike lane for about 1/10th to 1/15th of my total ride. They just paved a long section of Evans To Locks but didn't include a bike lane.

Regarding CW Ashby, I know you mean well, but if you tried riding 20-26mph on trails shared with hikers and walkers, you would quickly see that they aren't designed for that and it would be exceedingly dangerous. In most cases, it is illegal to ride on sidewalks and on trails/paths designed for walking/hiking.

Additionally, it is legal for cyclists to ride two abreast on the road, but not three abreast. Fortunately, out of respect for the autos, cyclists almost always yell down the line (of other cyclists when in a long train) when they hear a car behind. This informs the other riders to move to single file which we always do in the groups I ride with.

We should not be running stop signs or red lights and I know the local bike shops are emphasizing this to the cycling community.

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