I think we need to consider revising some of our “rules of the road” for cyclists, at least in the Loomis countryside.
I understand why people like to ride in Loomis but the very reasons that they choose to ride here are the reasons that they shouldn’t.
A pleasant pastoral setting with tree-lined-and-covered roads that meander around up and over the terrain offers the ideal environment for a bike ride or race.
That would be true if the bikes were the only ones on the road. The problem for the cyclist is that the roads are designed for motorized vehicles.
In fact, they are paid for by the owners of those motorized vehicles. In fact, bicycle riders present real hazards to the operators of motorized vehicles as well as themselves. We all know the sad history of bike/vehicle tragedies that have occurred over the years.
I’ve lived in the Loomis area for many years and have traveled her roads both for business and pleasure. I can honestly say that I always have trepidation approaching a cyclist or group of cyclists.
Most of the time, it has to do with the terrain. It’s either a blind hill or a blind curve that seems to provide the angst.
And, of course, what are the cyclists going to do?
There is the novice being protected by the more experienced bikers following him or her up the hill.
The dutiful husband or boyfriend crowding over into the lane to provide some imaginary protection.
There is the occasional rider who waves you to go around, even though he has no idea if there is a car coming or not.
And of course, there is the cyclist who blows through the stop sign allegedly because he thinks he has the right to, and really, what is a motorist going to do?
And of course, there is always the cyclist who blows through the stop sign, and when honked at, salutes the silly motorist with his middle finger.
I think that cyclists should only ride in designated bike lanes of at least four feet in width. This would go a long way toward protecting cyclists and motorists.
This would also help traffic flow, a major concern in Loomis.
Ed Carper is a Loomis-area resident. He has lived in Placer County since 1973.