Please, cyclists

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I am not aggressive toward nor am I disrespectful of cyclists. I applaud and admire you. However, Pittsburgh’s topography and narrow streets are not conducive to proper safety for both cars and cyclists.

In one night I experienced: A cyclist passed on my left as I was making a left turn. An oncoming car swerved into my lane passing a bike and almost hit me head on. As I was making a right turn a cyclist in the wrong lane headed straight for the hood of my car. I shudder to think what may have happened had I not been vigilant.

Yes, there are safe cyclists, but rarely am I witness to one. Courteous and safe-minded drivers are becoming a thing of the past. Please, cyclists, use the sidewalk when possible. I rarely see pedestrians using them except in town. You will have plenty of time and control enough to avoid an accident.

Don’t ride close to either side of a car. Cars have blind spots, but you do not. Don’t weave in and out of traffic. Use hand signals. Install lights. Stay directly in front of or behind a car unless there are four lanes or a bicycle path. If you cannot ride fast enough to keep up with traffic, then avoid that road. Going 15 mph or 20 mph in a 35 mph zone during rush hour creates stressful situations. Drivers must be patient and pay attention.

Please, everyone, use common sense and be thoughtful of one another.


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