Readers weigh bicycle safety, gun laws

Posted April 23, 2009, at 6:33 p.m.

This week, ClickBack asked for editorial page reader input on bicycle safety, gun laws and University of Maine sports.

Is Maine a bicycle-safe state?

The roads I use daily probably aren’t safe for bicycles. Route 2 appears to be especially dangerous, even for cars; no way would I dare bicycle on that road. There are very few, if any, rural roads with bicycle lanes, the shoulders are soft, in a word it a dangerous ride.

— LarrySG

Why do we need to spend money on bike lanes? Even though they aren’t licensed or insured they seem to have lobbied in Augusta to the point that they have the right of way. At the same time it is illegal for licensed-insured snowmobiles and ATV’s to be driven on the streets and highways.

If it comes as a choice between hitting a cyclist and having a head-on collision with oncoming traffic, the answer is easy. Frankly, if people insist on riding bicycles on two-lane roads, with no shoulder, I hope they all have organ donor cards made out.

— patom1

For the past two years I have commuted to work via bicycle during the summer. Yes, at times, the roads are not ideal cycling conditions. I think the one thing however that would make a difference is not road rebuilding or bike lanes; it’s education. If every driver of a vehicle understood the rules of the road and how to share the road with cyclists it would only solve half the trouble. The roads are only safe is every person on a bike understands the correct rules of the road (for instance, bicycles do not belong on sidewalks). I encourage everyone (whether you drive or ride) to visit www.bikemaine.org.

— nasonm

Of course narrow roads are unsafe for bicycles. They’re unsafe for everyone. The large trucks that must use the back roads are forced to drive near the edge. This causes the edges to break away and accelerates the roads’ deterioration. Heaven help the poor person on a bicycle that meets two passing log trucks.

Let’s end this asphalt madness. Let’s make the roads wider and pave them with a material that has more elasticity than asphalt. The University of Maine should work on developing this new material, instead of turning trees into oil. We could save the taxpayers money and save the lives of anyone who travels too close to the edge, including bicyclists.

— Bernardo

Will Obama and Democrats tighten gun laws?

For a prime example of what Democrat control of government can do just look at what is going on in this state and what the out-of-control “nanny state” mentality will get you. There will be an abundance of new gun control laws, count on it.

— HarleyFox

Should more of UMaine’s sports programs be eliminated?

The University of Maine should go back to being a university. College athletics are out of control. If we do not start getting back to basics with education, work ethic etc, our country will be continue its decline. When a coach gets more pay than a professor doing important research, something is wrong with that message.

— downbeat

You notice they didn’t cut the sports that charge admission. If the soccer players wore face masks so the goalies could fire paintball guns at the opposition as they tried to advance and the women volleyballers removed an article of their uniforms each time they scored a point, they’d probably make a lot of money for their schools too.

— Lemonglow

Isn’t it ironic that they want to save money by cutting a couple of sports that don’t require thousands of dollars in equipment to play?

— patom1

To see other ClickBack responses or to add your own, go to bangordailynews.com. Look for another version of ClickBack on Tuesday’s editorial page.

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