Joyce Baird: Cyclists need to consider risk

July 21, 2013 

Cyclists’ risk

I am saddened by the many cyclist and pedestrian deaths I see reported in The N&O that are caused by vehicles. The issue is a personal one as I was hit by an elderly driver last year while standing in my yard 8 to 10 feet from the roadway. Luckily, I survived, but I was left with physical issues that are life-changing and will affect the rest of my life.

As a result, I am extremely conscious of cyclists and pedestrians along the roadways and take great care to drive in a manner to insure their safety.

I strongly support cyclist rights. However, when cyclists ride on and pedestrians walk along heavily traveled roads in peak traffic hours, they are tempting fate. If you are dead, it does not matter who is at fault, you are still dead, and you won’t be around to argue guilt or innocence. But those left behind have grief, guilt, sorrow and the hardship that remains after you are gone. I implore cyclists and pedestrians to step back and consider the risks they are taking when exercising a right that most take for granted.

Joyce Baird, Chapel Hill

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