Friday, February 28, 2020
Feb. 28, 2020

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Letter: Cyclists must share the road


When did “share the road” get changed? As a cyclist I have heard the same thing for years, “share the road.” Not own it.

If you drive up St. Johns Road from Highway 500 you’ll see a blue sign, “in memory of Gordon Patterson.” That’s my dad. My dad was killed on his bike. The same day my dad died the both of us rode our bicycles together not knowing it would be the last time.

It took a lot of courage to ride after that, but never in my mind did I start thinking I owned the roads. This new law giving cyclists more space than the 5-foot-wide dedicated lane is absurd and oversteps years of cyclist mantra: “Share the road.” As someone forever chained to a white bicycle, I fully support repeal of a law that takes the road instead of shares it. I’m content with my 5 feet; please stay in your lane and I’ll stay in mine.

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