This is an editorial? This is irresponsible journalism. Taylor Phinney is a professional cyclist who races in Europe where cycling is as popular as soccer. They have no problem with cyclists riding literally anywhere. American drivers need to realize that they are not the owners of the road. It is the responsibility of both the rider and the driver to be aware of the conditions. Phinney was competing in a world class event and expects world class caravan actions. Many of the motorcycles in the race on Memorial Day had NO business being in that race. I am a veteran bicycle mechanic. I rode in a team car as mechanical support for the defending champion last year. There needs to be better race communication so that the caravan vehicles are not hindering cyclist during their decent. Phinney KNOWS how to handle a bike as do 90% of the pro field. They do not expect to find a motorcycle in their path that has lost temporary control. That, Mr Editor, has nothing to do with cyclist riding the mountain passes in this wonderful cycling area.
Banning cyclists anywhere is not the solution. Education of both cyclists and motorists is the evolution that must occur. Tennessee needs to educate via the driver's licensing procedure. This is a great avenue to teach new drivers ALL of the rules of the road. There also needs to be continuing education for all motorists. Every driver's license renewal should be accompanied by a test. That test should include the basics and any new laws or regulations. Add a little to the renewal fee and you have tax money to fund motorist/cyclist education and even to fund infrastructure for bicycles. It's a win win for everyone. Awareness is the solution not banishment. Let's bring our thinking out of the Dark Ages and into the modern era where bicycles and vehicles will one day coexist peacefully. Thank you Mr Editor but your point is invalid.