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Letter: Better ideas needed for safer roads

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From: Noel Taylor


Both as a driver and a veteran of many a Honeysuckle 100 event before it went the way of the dinosaur, I can sympathize with those who want an improved County Road 325W with bicycle lanes.

I appreciate the front-page article and wholeheartedly support improving 325W, but I’m thinking that perhaps some of the concerns of both cyclists and motorists could be alleviated via enforcement of two laws:

1. The speed limits on the section under consideration, which are 40 and 45 mph, not 65 mph.

2. The requirement for bicyclists to keep to the right of their lane (not the oncoming lane) and to ride single file.

Motorists are required by law to provide 3 feet of clearance in passing a bicycle, but traffic flow and bicycle safety suffer if a motorist has to drive off the left-hand side of the road to pass the spandex gentleman on his pencil-thin tires riding the center line, allegedly to protect the spandex lady next to him in the right-hand lane.

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