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Public Outcry

August 21, 2008

I am writing in response to comments in the wake of the recent death of Patrick Sawyer, who was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

I can now understand the public outcry concerning the need for bicycle lanes for riders, but more importantly, for drivers to be more aware of those who do ride bikes.

Recently, I rode my bike to work for the first time. There are no bicycle lanes where I had to ride. I made a point of planning the safest route and rode on the defensive at all times.

I was shocked at the many drivers who appeared not to see me, speeding past so close I could have reached out and touched their cars.

At one point, I rode through a small subdivision in order to avoid the main roads. While I was riding near the curb, a car backed out of a driveway without looking to see if the way was clear. The driver nearly backed into me and if I hadn’t seen him he would have hit me. I politely said he should “look before backing out.” He then promptly flipped me off and sped away.

I, too, want to ask drivers to slow down and pay more attention. Bicycles are everywhere now because of the gasoline prices. Please don’t let another accidental death be the reason you begin to drive carefully.

Meg Mark
South Bend

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  1. bandclong

    It really is sad – everyone is in such a hurry, noone takes the time to consider those around them anymore. My husband and I both ride bikes, especially my husband and I have never seen as many bikes on the road as I have these past few months. Everyone needs to be so careful – one moment of carelessness could mean a life time of regret.

    My husband and I both rode in the memorial ride for Patrick and were so touched and humbled by the outpouring support for the community. It makes me proud to be a part of the Michiana area cycling community. Love and peace to your whole family!

    Brian and Cara Long
    Osceola, IN

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