I think that IamKevin said it best:
[This article is a perfect example of the author trying to twist an event to fit his predetermined narrow minded narrative.}
I hope that you read all of the above comments. But I also hope that the next time you write an opinion piece, you try to be more responsible. Although your knowledge of cycling is obviously lacking, I am sure that you are aware of the recent events at Raccoon Mountain. This opinion is an article that is clearly divisive. One thing to note about the vast majority of cyclists in this area: we all drive cars as well. The events at Raccoon Mountain started an entire culture of US vs THEM. I believe whole-heartedly that this article is widening the divide.
The entire reason that I purchased a "Share the Road" license plate was because I wanted motorists to realize that we, too, drive cars. I have to slow down and WAIT to safely pass cyclists as well. However if I had to compare the cumulative amount of time that I have ever spent waiting on cyclists or waiting on slow automobiles, 18-wheelers, a mail truck, etc., there would be DAYS of waiting on cars Vs. minutes of waiting on bikes. I don't know what it is that causes people such profound anger against cyclists, but the truth is that it exists. Your article is fuel for their fire, making a realistic solution (i.e. everyone, cyclists and motorists, obeying previously-established laws) further away.
Here is the main issue: there is a divide. There are people who strongly think that bicycles don't belong on the road and there are people who staunchly disagree. The law supports cyclists though there is inherent danger in cycling. But when there is an incident, cyclists lose more. We CAN NOT AFFORD to make this divide larger. We have to close this gap. The tone of your article is dissenting and does not offer a reasonable solution. Is it impossible to obey traffic laws, for cyclists and motorists? Not unless your personal time is more important than someone else's life (and yes, Mrs. Sohn, the last comment applies to everyone).
About me: I am a cyclist. I am a physical therapist. I am from here and wanted to leave badly. I stayed here, graduated from UTC with a Doctorate, and have invested in this community. I also stayed here to ride my bike on these mountain roads.