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Trails: the safe alternative

Dear Editor:

There are many excellent places in and around Aspen to ride a bike. Castle Creek Road and Independence Pass are not among them. Aspen has a wonderful, paved system of bike paths, built at great expense, which allows you to ride for miles without being exposed to traffic. Why not use it?

If you must ride your bike on a public road, why not slow down and move to the side when a car comes behind you? Putting aside how lame it is to send the message that you think your hobby is more important than other people’s business, it is really a safety issue. By making it more difficult for cars to pass you, you are increasing the time that they are stuck behind you, thereby increasing the likelihood of an accident.

I am an avid biker too, but riding down a public thoroughfare in the middle of the lane at top speed so that cars have to accelerate and get all the way on the other side of the road just to get around me is not my idea of a fun time. It’s just scary, because I know that if there is an accident and it affects me, as a biker, I have absolutely no protection. Plus, mountain biking is more fun anyway.

Seriously, why not just use a little common sense and make the road safer for you and everyone else?

Brian Wilson

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