Letters

Let’s Get Along

Oct 02, 2019

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter titled “Share the Road” (9/25). We are cyclists. We are grandparents, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. We are homeowners, residents and visitors. We are part of the economic ecosystem of this wonderful place we call Long Beach Island.

Please don’t lump every cyclist into the same group. There certainly are some bad apples. There are also some very good ones, and many of us who respect the rules of the road and are extremely defensive and careful. Some of us wave hello to everyone and ride with smiles on our faces.

Was the hate speech necessary? Stretch clown outfits? Storm troopers? Referring to our very own first responder professionals in a derogatory sense is downright shameful.

Have you ever considered the cyclist’s point of view? Have you ever ridden on the beach roads and shoulders? They are often very narrow, riddled with potholes, patches, sand, rocks, debris and other dangers. This is on top of runners, pedestrians, dog walkers and beach goers. Safe passage is a definite challenge. Roads are narrow, and better infrastructure for bicycle lanes is impossible.

Some motorists insist on traveling the crowded beach roads, speeding to avoid lights on the Boulevard. Often there is road rage at cyclists because motorists are forced to slow down for a brief moment and share the road themselves – often purposely and aggressively coming within inches of cyclists, endangering lives, swerving, yelling out car windows and often giving their own obscene gestures. Remember, we are on bicycles and motorists are surrounded by the safety of a 4,000-pound piece of metal. For safety, cyclists have a right to take the lane when safe passage on the shoulder is impossible.

In fact, once this summer a group of cyclists was hit by a handful of pennies thrown from a car window by a raging driver momentarily impeded on Beach Avenue in Beach Haven Park.

Pat Nelson, I’m very sorry you were inconvenienced while the triathlon was taking place. I’m troubled you hold so much rage toward cyclists. Can’t we all just get along? Please take some time to reflect, breathe deep, and I beg you to have a little tolerance for others. Enjoy life and this beautiful place some of us are fortunate enough to call home.

Rich Weinstock

Loveladies

 

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