I would like to thank Dan Wolter for his letter that appeared in the Napa Valley Register on Aug. 19, regarding cyclists and walkers (“Cyclists and motorists share responsibilities while on Napa streets”).
I do wear both hats (motorist and cyclist). It is my experience that the cyclists are the nuisance. They place people and cars in harms way every day.
When I wear my cyclist hat, I:
• stay in and on the roads with real bike lanes, or on roads that can safely accommodate a car in the right and left lane, with room for a bike (as it is my responsibility to be a prudent/safe cyclist);
• stop at stop signs;
• I give the right of way to the walkers;
• I give a loud warning when passing on the left;
• never give unwelcome hand gestures to passing cars;
• do not drop litter (broken sunglasses, water bottles, rolled up bike routes from Napa Valley Bike Tours, Eagle Cycling Club, or Santa Rosa Cycling Club, etc.) in residents’ yards;
• do not force cars to cross double-yellow lines; and
• never ride two- or three-abreast, etc.
I happen to live on a county road. On a Sunday earlier this month, it was difficult to drive into town for church due to the steady stream of cyclists speeding way too fast past my driveway. In the evening, they practically run you off the road if you are walking. Cars are always slowing down; the cyclists never do.
We are all blessed to live in this beautiful Napa area, but Napa streets and county roads have become an amusement park ride for the Spandex-wearing cyclist groups.
Oh, by the way, how many of them are paying property taxes, or picking up the litter?
Yes, the roads are open to the public and you may be in the right (car or cyclist), but sometimes things happen. In certain areas, a deer might run out in front of a car or bike, then a tire blows out and there’s a chance you might hit the edge of the pavement and land on your head.
Let’s try to keep everyone safe; stop the influx of cyclists into these areas.
Linda Harvey / Napa