Colorado roads are not wide enough for trucks and bicycles
August 30, 2009
To the Editor:
Last week, I read a letter written by a gentleman from the “Front Range/Granby” who was quite upset over a well thought out and put together letter about bicyclists paying taxes to expand roads or put in bicycle lanes. Contrary to what this second-home owner thinks, the letter was not angry at all and had very logical points.
Perhaps, it’s you who needs to be a bit more open-minded.
My husband grew up with and makes a living driving a truck and pulling trailers. Those of us who actually live in Grand County know – it’s a way of life for many people here.
It was a truck that hauled the materials to build your unnecessary second home. Talk about a waste and pollutants going into the atmosphere. Us real locals have to work everyday to earn a living and can’t always clog up the roads taking scenic bike rides.
Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy riding a bicycle that is great, but be considerate. “Share the Road” should be geared towards those who use a means of transportation not intended for the roads.
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Streets and highways were constructed for the dimensions of a vehicle, not a vehicle plus a bicycle, plus three more feet. There just isn’t room. The curvy mountain roads just don’t allow for a safe relationship between log trucks, wide loads, and bicycles.
Speaking from experience, I have seen a few bicyclist with enough common sense to stay as far from the highway as possible and I commend them. (Usually, they are the ones not wearing ridiculously expensive and equally ridiculous looking Spandex costumes.) Most of the time, this is not the case.
It is common knowledge that this county relies on tourists and second-home owners, but those of us who work in customer service cringe at the fact. I have rarely seen a nice, pleasant Spandex-wearing wannabe Lance Armstrong.
To sum it up, bicycling is a great way to get outside and enjoy yourself, but do it on a bike path or stay out of the way of vehicles on the road.
I could go on for pages. Thank you Mr. R. from Parshall. I agree with you and would support your idea 100 percent.