I was not surprised to read the story (Herald, July 27) about the difficulty of finding volunteers for the bicycle race. I had the misfortune to be at Santa Rita Park on July 26 when many of the riders were arriving. While turning into the entrance, a biker in a group of riders who was leaving decided he didn't want to stop for the red light. Instead, he chose to ride his bike in a circle that took him directly into the path of oncoming traffic, which included my car. Fortunately, I was driving defensively and was able to avoid him.
As I was leaving the park, a group of riders stood talking and blocking the entire eastbound lane, making it necessary for cars to swing into the westbound lane of the park road. I am a cautious driver who always gives extra room to bicycle riders on the road. However, the bike riders I encountered July 26 were not doing their part of "sharing the road." There was no reason for bikers to block roads in order to socialize when there was an entire park for them to use.
Needless to say, my encounter that day has done nothing to change the image of bicyclists that I hold. In the future, I suggest race organizers remind bikers to lose the entitlement attitude and observe the laws of the road and the rules of common courtesy. This would go far to ensure the safety of all who use the roads.
Deb Kimmel, Durango