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Saturday, April 23, 2005

There is this thing called a bike path

About two months ago, I read this letter in the Holland Sentinel. It was written by a road cyclist.
He complained that cars on the road were not giving him enough room when they passed him. This person asked that vehicles passing cyclists on the road give them more room. He doesn't realize that on most roads in Ottawa County there is already a solution in place. That solution is called the bikepath.

Yes, there is the danger of cars crossing the bike path. Yes, other people, like rollerbladers and walkers, do use the bike path. That is why God gave you a head that swivels and eyes that move. You have these so that you can watch out for those obstacles.

True, there areas where there is no bikepath, or where the bike path is torn up, but they are few and (hopefully) far between. The bikepath was built for bicyclists. I have found that there are parts of the bikepath that are more challenging than the road at times.

Riding through downtown Holland is a different matter. There are parts of downtown where it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk. Not only that, I have found that it is often safer to ride in the street. As long as you don't ride against traffic and watch what is going on around you, you should be good.

But where you can, use the bikepath. And above all else, use your head! You shouldn't be talking on your cell phone, or listening your Ipod or other music device. These things should be put away when you ride your bike.

Again, use the bikepath. That is what it is here for.


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