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Squawk of the Day - March 23, 2013

"Your analogies comparing bicycles to guns, knives and the White House are frivolous and irrelevant. Bicycles are legal vehicles. When you were issued your driver’s license, you were not given exclusive access to public thoroughfares, nor were you promised clear passage at all times while driving. Why can’t you just drive safely, responsibly and not be so selfish?"

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GeeGee 1 year, 5 months ago

A lot of things are legal, but you do not have the right to everything you want to do. Same with bikes. Riding before dawn and after dark is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. Someone is going to get killed and it is not the gun owner. It is called common sense. Just because something is right can be engraved on your headstone.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

I gladly share the road with the cyclists. I should be so energetic. I only note that it is hard to share the road with someone cutting semi-circles in 3 lanes of traffic. Please be careful for your sake and mine. I'm going to cut you as much slack as possible on the asphalt.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 5 months ago

I’ve put thousands of miles on my bike in and around Albany and most people are careful drivers that will share the road. To some few my life is worthless compared to their need to get to wherever it is they are going without losing the 10 seconds it would take to wait and pass safely. I’ve had drivers leave three inches between the side of their 4000 pound truck and my handlebar to pass me at 80 mph on a deserted county road with no oncoming traffic for miles. Some people think they own the road and that’s all there is to it. It only takes one out of the hundreds of drivers you’ll meet on any given day to cause you a lot of grief. Cycling is the fountain of youth but it can turn into the fountain of grief in a split-second. So if you are riding around Albany don’t get so far into the pain cave that you can’t stay alert and alive.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 5 months ago

Cyclists also have a responsibility to motorists to obey the rules of the road and keep their bicycles in proper working order. That includes lights on the front and rear, reflectors on the wheels and pedals, and BRAKES!! I have already posted this once this week. I was coming back from lunch, obeying the rules of the road, not speeding, and slowing as I approached an intersection. I had the green light. A man on a bicycle darted out in front of me. If I had been a second faster, I would have hit hem. I pulled over to the side of the road because It scared me so bad that I was not a safe driver. I rolled down my window to make sure he was okay....the first words out of his mouth was that his bike had no brakes. Cyclists have a duty of care also.

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