Grand County folks need to respect one another’s recreational activities
September 9, 2009
To the Editor:
After reading four letters written about bicycles I decided to join the bicycle-wagon as it were.
Iave been shocked to see any letters about bicycles in Grand County. Grand County is the epitome of multiple forms of recreation in Colorado. We have a national park, national recreation area, national forests, ski areas, lakes, rivers and every form of recreation imaginable: fishing, boating , snowmobiling, hunting, skiing , and even bicycling in Grand County.
Iam surprised bicycling was the form of recreation singled out as all forms of recreation have their positives and their negatives. Because our county is so recreationally oriented, there are economic benefits for our county when people who live here or people who visit here partake in any form of recreation because most people spend money.
Speaking for myself, I ride as the astokera on a tandem bicycle with my husband as the acaptaina but also on my single bicycle. We are 61 years old. We own gas-consuming vehicles. We have ridden on shoulders of highways, bicycle paths, rail-trails, and on sidewalks (the bicycle path through Winter Park). Weave also ridden in numerous states. There is no one perfect riding location and no perfect state to bicycle.
I ride for many reasons. The first is for my health. If I stay healthy, Iall be less likely to need to tap into the federal health system due to illness. Another reason is to ride to errands rather than always using gasoline, highway and vehicle wear-and-tear. A third reason is for the pure physical enjoyment of getting my endorphin level up while enjoying the beautiful fresh air, scenery and wildlife in our aGranda county. I feel much better.
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Yes, I wear spandex pants a¦ to keep the skin on my rear-end intact. I wear the brightly-colored bicycle shirts a¦ to be visible to vehicles and other riders. Being polite riders is of the utmost importance. It makes us safer riders. Riding on the far right side of the shoulder (if no gravel is present), watching all side-road traffic, waving athank youa to everyone for their efforts to ensure safety, riding single-file, and using directional hand signals are just a few of the courtesies we try to practice.
I hope we can learn to accept other peopleas forms of recreation, though they may not suit us. We must remember that all forms of recreation have their positives and their negatives.