Oct 21 2007
07:44 am
By: WhitesCreek

Riding a bike is tough to do in Roane county, even though a number of people do it. There's a hostility toward bikers that is hard to explain.

I had been told that motorists harrass cyclists but got to experience it first hand on a recent ride from Midtown back to my home at the Southern end of Roane County. One car with four people in it swerved over next to me in the bike lane in highway 70. As it came right up next to me the passenger in the front seat yelled "Get off the Road." Actually, I WAS off the road...

The second time was at the South end of Rockwood where there are four lanes and paved soulders that serve as a bike lane. I was riding on the shoulder and, as a pickup truck came by me in the left hand lane, the passenger screamed at me...No words, just a scream.

Plain old mean, is what I'd call it.

There have been a number of new riders on the roads, I've noticed Older folks (one of which I'm fast becoming) riding bikes for health reasons. It is so much better on your knees than the pounding of running.

Roane County needs to embrace Cyclists. We need bike trails that can be shared with hikers and runers. We need an education campaign to work against the hostility of motorists. We need a kinder gentler County.

So when you drive by a guy huffing and puffing on his bike who looks like me only suffering and in pain...Be nice, will you?

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