Several years ago, a man drove off Coalbank Pass and plowed into a herd of cows and horsemen. A horse was killed and a local fireman was badly hurt. Our entire community was outraged, as well we should have been, and the Herald followed the story for many months.Why then are people in this county so unconcerned and cavalier about the safety and lives of bicyclists, and when there is a car-bicyclist collision, why is it not on the front page? Are our lives not as important as those of the cowboys and livestock injured in that incident?
Inexplicably, some drivers seem to enjoy a sort of vehicular terrorism when they encounter bicyclists. Trucks with stock trailers, especially, often pass within just a few feet of bicycles, making it very difficult for the rider to stay on the road. Do they realize that the draft from a large, close vehicle, along with potholes and debris on the shoulder of a road can knock a rider over? Or do they even care? Will they care when they kill or cripple someone? It seems not. The person they force off the road could be their doctor, the veterinarian who answers their calls at midnight, a college student or an American serviceman home on leave. All these people ride bicycles. Why, just because they are in bike shorts, are they now the enemy?
While some bicyclists are inconsiderate when they ride, most try to hug the shoulder and stay out of the way. Can't everyone give them 5 feet of safety room when they pass? Wouldn't we all do that for a horse, cow or pedestrian? This practice could save a person's life.
Antonia Clark, Durango