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someguy said...

Certainly this is a tragedy that should require a "step back" and a way to prevent these in the future.

I have to admit that I'm not familiar with this area, but did I understand that the accident (or whatever you want to call it) occurred near 1000 Ashford Terrace? If so, I'm a bit confused. When I put in 996 Ashford Terrace into Google maps and do the "street view" I see a road that is not suitable for bicycle driving. I see what appears to be a high traffic, high speed, 2-way road with very little room. Is there even 3 feet between the 2 lanes of traffic for a vehicle to maneuver??

I don't understand how it can be illegal to ride a bike on a 60-80 mph highway, but legal to ride one on 2 lane, low visibility roads with typical speeds exceeding 60 mph. I'm all for taking the kids out to ride in a quiet area, but even a motorcycle would have its own lane and would be less of a risk.

Understand that I'm not trying to be cruel: quite the opposite. I'm terrified of bicyclists as an automobile driver. I've had a few instances where I've had to do dangerous maneuvers (usually going into the oncoming traffic's lane) to try and pass a bicyclist safely.

I pride myself to be a safe and reliable driver and get infuriated (as I'm sure you do) with a lot of the arrogant, don't-know-how-to-drive, talking-on-the-cell-phone, riding-your-tail drivers around here. But I do not know how to drive safely (in my own lane) while providing you with sufficient space to ride.

I'm sorry, I really am.

March 13, 2009 at 2:10 p.m.

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