Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

June 27, 2014

OUR VIEW: Road safety requires cooperation

GLASGOW — Contrary to what some of us might believe, roads are not engine-only zones. There are legal guidelines for sharing the street with bicyclists and pedestrians, many of which we learned – or were supposed to learn – in driving school.

Officials say serious roadway incidents involving drivers and non-motorized travelers are uncommon locally, but some cyclists told the Daily Times this week that they occasionally experience less-than-welcoming reactions from motorists. This is unfortunate, because in light of high gas prices and Kentucky’s consistent appearance on various least-healthy-states lists, our community should be eager to accommodate those who choose to participate in environmentally sound transportation and exercise.

That’s why we’re encouraged by the potential for the Glasgow Alternative Transportation Endeavor, a program intended to incorporate green space and create alternative transportation options in future planning and development. Glasgow Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman used a possible widening of Ky. 1297 as an example of a project where the addition of bike lanes could be considered in the design.

In the meantime, those among us who are unenthusiastic about making room for cyclists, walkers and runners are encouraged to refresh their knowledge of state law – whether behind the wheel or pushing the pedals, we all have rights and responsibilities when we choose to use our roads.

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