Pedal politely, please | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Pedal politely, please

Dear Editor:

I love taking long easy walks in the autumn, either alone or with a friend, and the Rio Grande bike trail beckons.

But there are predators on the trail. I’m not talking about the chipmunks and magpies ” pretty much the only wildlife along the Rio Grande these days. I mean the shiny bikers who approach a pedestrian from behind as swiftly and silently as birds of prey. We may hear a sudden disembodied “eft” or “ite,” and then they barrel past inches from our elbows, rocketing into the distance, while our animal bodies, not having had the time to identify and dismiss a potential threat, tremble and somersault with anxiety, and our hearts struggle to regain their natural rhythms.

Cyclists, giving pedestrians the right of way doesn’t mean simply not knocking us over. Meanwhile, I’ll be hunting for a walker’s rearview mirror.

Ann MacLeod

Basalt


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User