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Careless cyclists are playing Russian roulette

Letter writer Frankie E. Raney of Clovis reminds cyclists to ride single to avoid being hit by vehicles.
Letter writer Frankie E. Raney of Clovis reminds cyclists to ride single to avoid being hit by vehicles. Special to The Sierra Star File

Spring is here, and bicyclists are out in droves, causing problems.

Some reminders for riders. You must follow the same rules of the road as cars. That means single file in your lane, not two three or four abreast. Instead of riding two or more abreast and talking, go to a coffee shop and talk.

You should be two to three seconds behind the bike in front of you, not one or two inches, and sometimes overlapping wheels. No passing in a no-passing zone. If you pass, you have to get in the car lane.

Remember that the auto is several thousand pounds, not 16. You stand no chance if you are hit. Don’t mess with your socks or shoes while riding, this causes you to swerve into the car lane. You must stop at stop signs, not jut move over in the crosswalk and keep going – making the cars wait.

If you are doing any of this, you are playing Russian roulette. You are not special! You are a hazard! We keep hearing we have to share the road, so be courteous and respectful.

Frankie E. Raney, Clovis

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