Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bicycling and Drivers Make Room

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bicycling and Drivers Make Room

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I am a road cyclist and a runner, so I am on the streets a good bit. What I see is that each side in the car/bicycle debate has a point, and it is the extremists of each side who are causing the problems.

As a cyclist, I have had issues with not only autos (was hit head- on by a car while in the right one-third of my lane, for example) and walkers and runners, but also with others on bicycles -- both cyclists and bicyclists (yes, there's a difference). Every player involved has to do what is expected of him or her, including paying attention!

People on bikes on busy roadways should not be listening to music; yes, it's great to have a soundtrack, but it's better to survive the ride.

Drivers need to understand that bikes cannot always stay to the extreme right. Ever climbed Greenfield Avenue on a bicycle? Seen the state of that road on the extreme right or even, in places, anywhere? It's a super climb, but Greenfield is a great example of why bikes can't always be to the extreme right. …

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