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Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, 11:17 a.m.

Letter: Bike Etiquette Lacking In CdA

Bicycle riding is my fair weather exercise fun. I just moved here from Bend, Ore., and previously from Portland, Ore. Both cities are noted for their bicycle etiquette. When we approach someone walking or riding up ahead, we say “on your left.” It is a courtesy. Coeur d’Alene is also a bicycle Mecca, but needs a lesson in bicycle etiquette. Most cyclists I have encountered in Coeur d’Alene seem rude and self-absorbed to the detriment of other path users. I love this city and its trail system and hope more people remember to be kind./Susan Price, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press.

DFO: I couldn't agree with the letter writer more. Coeur d'Alene bicyclist don't seem to know the basics re: bike riding. (Did you know, for example, that Idaho law allows bicyclists to cross on a red light, once stopped, if it's safe to do so?)

Question: Should Coeur d'Alene begin a vigorous program to inform bicyclists how to ride safely?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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