Spring and cyclists

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Ahh, it is that time of year again. Spring is in the air, and the weather is getting warmer. Time to break out the shorts and sandals and dust off the bikes. It is also that time of year that makes me fearful of walking. You see, I am legally blind and walk with a guide dog. What makes me fearful are the cyclists who continue to ride on the sidewalk without any regard for us pedestrians.

And my biggest fear came about a few weeks ago when a cyclist came up behind us, not saying a word, and clipped my dog as they were passing us. The cyclist didn’t even stop to see if we were OK or even to apologize. The situation is that she is supposed to keep me safe from obstacles in front of us, but I can’t keep her safe by someone coming up behind us who doesn’t say a word.

All I keep hearing on the news is how cyclists want respect from drivers when on the street. How about showing some respect for pedestrians if you insist on riding on the sidewalk? They always say that if you want respect you need to give it. Is the concept of saying “On your left” or “On your right” that strange to you? If so, then maybe you should walk and see how it feels to be bombarded by cyclists who don’t say anything. Or, better yet, take a bus.

Granted, my dog was only clipped the first time, but what about the next? Is she going to be taken out completely?

BRIAN JAKUBOWSKI
North Side


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