In an effort to gain clicks the Charlotte Observer throws the first punch and then steps back to enjoy the show as bicyclists and motorists battle it out in a war of words.
You to can watch the show here.
Cedar loves to ride. Twice I've trekked the Blue Ridge Parkway end to end, years ago the Outer Banks from North to South. But I've passed on such great rides as the Charlotte to the Beach and others because I wasn't ready to die.
I have a very simple theory about riding bikes on road where people drive 65 or better. The only people who do that want to die.
I know there is a huge draw and a passion to ride the open road. But as I've said before when your passion becomes an obsession you start making poor choices.
In other words in the car vs bike collision the bikes always lose.
Riding on Providence Road or Park Road or Highway 51 or 49 or 321 or 74 is nuts.
I thoroughly believe and support the cyclist right to ride. But the cold hard and deadly fact is drivers don't see cyclists. They are too consumed in texting, talking, working the GPS, the iPod, or finding their way around town to notice the bike in front of their 6000 pound SUV.
There is no discussion needed, the bikes need to stay off road where the posted speed limit is more that 35 and the cars need to slow the hell down when they see bikes on the road.
Cedar Posts took on the cyclists two years ago after South Carolina passed a wide ranging "Share The Road" law. You can read the prior post here.