Watch for cyclists this weekend
May 26, 2016
With spring weather comes the influx of bicyclists that Grand County is known for. With the influx, however, comes the reminder to motorists to be aware of bikes on the road. We are fortunate enough to live in a state where bikes are a main source of transportation, but this comes with duties of responsibility and awareness for both cyclists and drivers.
The street sweepers are working hard to clear the sand and gravel off the shoulders of the road, but this is a time consuming project. Bikers must be aware that there will be many spots on the road with less than ideal traction creating a dangerous situation if cars are passing by.
Motorists should take this into account as well when passing bikes knowing they may need a little more room or could washout a tire at any time.
A vehicle hit a bicyclist around 5:30 p.m. May 25 on US Highway 40 in Fraser. Luckily, the rider suffered only minor injuries, but it is a good reminder to everyone about the amount of caution that must be used when traveling. According to the police report, the biker was not wearing a helmet and received a scrape on their head.
Be cautious this holiday weekend, and remember to wear your helmet.