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letter to the editor


Bicycle safety and etiquette

Bicycle safety and etiquette



For more than 25 years, I have been a fitness walker on the streets, sidewalks and greenways in my neighborhood.

On Friday, Jan. 11, a first — I was on the Smith Road sidewalk between Hickory Woods and Andover subdivisions when a young high-schooler on a bicycle came from behind, giving no indication he was coming around me on my left side.

He lost control beside me and then he and the bike crashed against me.

I was thrown down, hitting the sidewalk face first and ultimately sustaining a “shredded” lip, three broken teeth, and other scrapes and bruises which needed emergency room treatment.

My purpose in giving these details is not for sympathy. Rather, for two reasons:

• To ask parents of biking children that they teach them the rules of ’cycling etiquette early on and equip their bikes with a bell or horn. Or send them to a bicycle training class. Need I say, they ARE responsible for their children’s actions.

• To extend a big thank you to the drivers who stopped to offer me a ride home and also to the ladies who came out of their homes to try to be of assistance.



Mary Anne Sedlmeier

Farragut

 

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