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Motorists and bicycles: A dangerous combination

I was doing a solo ride last night (actually, I was the last rider) on our Monday night loop out of Blowing Rock (NC) to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

As usually occurs, motorists come up from behind and need to pass. I have determined there are three (3) types of motorists under these conditions:

1) Astute driver. In this instance he/she looks for gap, gives wide berth, and safely accelerates past.

2) Unskilled driver. This individual knows they need to get around and dart into the other lane, driving right at oncoming traffic.

3) No courage driver. This segment of motorist will idle right behind the rider for a mile or more, missing several safe passing opportunities. When they finally do go around, a backup of 5-10 cars are frustrated and freight train by, creating a cyclist's danger zone.

I bring this up because some angry words were shared between cyclists and motorists on a local Facebook page. I'm sorry that we sometimes delay your day, but it's a matter of trying to recreate and also come home alive.

Let's continue the discussion. Let's keep it civil. Let's keep it safe.

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