Watch out on the road

A few weeks ago, we ran a letter to the editor from a bicyclist who complained about drivers disregarding the rules of the road, showing a lack of respect for the smaller, more vulnerable travelers on the highway.

The letter was truly disturbing. The bicyclist had the opportunity to confront a driver who had driven past him in a dangerous manner, and the driver told the bicyclist that maybe next time he’d just hit him.

On Sunday, this writer was stopped while shopping at Coborn’s. A woman said we needed to put something in the paper to remind bicyclists that they need to obey the rules of the road. “The bike just whipped right on through a stop sign. I could have hit him,” and the thought was very upsetting to this woman.

I responded that we get these calls every year, that kids are so excited about being on their bikes that they need to be reminded about the rules of the road.

“But this wasn’t a kid... this was an older man,” she replied.

So now, with warmer weather, it’s a good time to remind ALL travelers that they need to be careful. Whether you are in an automobile or truck, on a motorcycle, on a bicycle or on foot. There are more people on the roads at this time of year, enjoying the outdoors. Safety is first and foremost your responsibility. Be alert and be careful. Don’t be distracted by cell phones. Be cautious when approaching an intersection. Even if you have the right of way, make sure other travelers are out of the way before you proceed.

It’s the best way to stay safe and stay out of trouble.