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Bill Hall: Beware Of The Bicycle

At the Lewiston Tribune, columnist Bill Hall suggests a compromise that would allow bicyclists and pedestrians to coexist on sidewalks: “If you’re jogging or walking and you decide to move over to one side of the path without looking, and a bike comes along, it can wipe out all parties. It’s almost impossible for a cyclist to go over the top of a pedestrian without mashing the sorry sucker and then being thrown into the pavement himself.When I switched for a time to the bicycle, I became aware of that. I soon copied a few alert cyclists who had known about the danger. They used to come up behind me on their bikes when I was running and call out, 'Coming by' or 'On your left.' I did the same at first on my bike, but then I remembered those little musical bells we used to have on our tricycles and bicycles as children. They attach to the handlebars and are operated by your thumb and make a weird but cheery little sound of “Ring! Ring! Ring!” So I bought one. Better to be silly than mash a jogger while wiping out yourself.” More here.

Question: Have you ever had a close encounter with a bicyclist on a sidewalk — or the Centennial Trail?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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