What in the world is going on in our community? This could be one of the roughest years I remember for my fellow cyclists. Kelly goes down at Crayton and Harbor, then we have the Ben Hill Griffin wreck and now we have the Collier Boulevard Road incident – and I am sure many more. Let’s take a look at today’s cyclist in Naples, Florida.
First of all full disclosure. Yes I am a long distance cyclist and a member of the Naples Pathway Coalition (http://naplespathways.org/) . And yes I do stop for stop signs and honor traffic rules and no I do not ride in packs. And yes I have gone down twice – once by another cyclist and once by a bike frame crushing motorist that sent me flying into a MacDonald’s drive up.
To be fair most motorists obey traffic rules and most cyclists obey traffic rules – but a few from both sides are causing some real problems. Some motorists are unaware of the three-foot rule – that is you must give cyclist a three-foot space when pacing or approaching. Some cyclists run stop signs and blow off traffic rules.
Why does all this matter? Well people are getting hurt badly and the problem is going to get worse unless something is done. Why? Cycling is an increasingly popular sport and our own real estate success is increasing traffic volumes.
Why is cycling growing in popularity? Despite some of the doping news from our best riders cycling is a wonderful, non impact (when done right) sport with terrific cardio benefits accessible by people of most any age. Pick up a longevity book these days, go to the part about exercise and see the support for cycling. Cycling is a seriously good option for fitness and it is fun.
So if cycling is growing in popularity and we are likely to have more and more riders what do we need to do? Plan and implement. More bike lanes more pathways. And oh yes sidewalks are not the answer and in fact can be as dangerous or more dangerous statistically than roads. And … cyclists need to be more aware of the rules of the road And … motorists need to be more aware of the rules for cyclists. Do all of this and we are on our way to a safer, healthier world.
I like what NPC is trying to do and I applaud the NDN for reporting these accidents and my heart goes out to the fallen riders because I know personally it takes month and years, if ever to fully come back. Ask me and I will show you the eight screws and plate in what used to be my collar-bone. NPC will hold its rallies, NDN will report the accidents and I hope our leaders will start to plan and implement change.
I encourage you to support change – balanced change for both motorist and cyclists – because the cycling numbers will grow, we will see more accidents unfortunately and we need to get on this. Delays will only cause more heart ache.
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