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Bicycle safety on River Road

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With these high gas prices currently, more people are opting for other forms of transportation. That means cars sharing the road with more bikes. The narrow bike lanes on River Road can be a scary place, especially in parts where the lane isn't very wide. Even after a cyclist was killed in an accident between Cathay Road and Riverbreeze Drive Tuesday night, North Carolina highway patrol first Sergeant J.O. Holmes said sharing the road isn't a cause for concern. “From a highway patrol stand point we haven't had any unusual cause for concerns out there. I know that is a popular spot among bicyclists.” said Holmes. With a small bike lane, high volume of traffic, and a fast speed limit, residents said they are surprised there haven't been more accidents. Neil Epps, a River Road resident said “It's dangerous, it's a narrow bike lane, the speed limits 55, and people pass me at 55 miles per hour.” Area residents say danger for bike riders only increase along the curves on river road because drivers simply can't see them. Even on curves where the bike lane does not narrow, you see cars drive into it often. Sergeant Holmes said drivers need to remember to share the road with cyclists. “Motorists need to realize that they have as much right to be there as the vehicle does. If they're coming up on a bicyclist or a group of bicyclists they, you know they need to reduce their speed.” said Holmes. Residents said most riders travel around 5 PM, right around the time vehicle traffic increases.

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Good Luck!

Will that attitude... "It is perfectly legal to ride a bike on all roads in this state except Interstates or where otherwise posted. That is why I ride on every single road in this county and do not ever get a ticket. This is a good example of the sort of blatant ignorance that good tax paying people like myself have to deal with all the time." ...provide you with a magical bubble to protect you from jubilant tourists in a hurry, using River Rd. to get to the beach, not expecting to come around a curve and encounter a much slower, and much vulnerable cyclist in the portion of the roadway designated for cars to travel within? I may have the right to operate my bike in the road, but I move off to the side of the road. I am not stubborn enough that I won't consider a motorist not paying attention.

ok but if you ride in the

ok but if you ride in the gutter: - expect punctures - when you encounter debris or potholes you're only dodge will be left--into the traffic lane - motorists will pass you much closer, instead of changing lanes

Well, I pay lots and lots of

Well, I pay lots and lots of taxes, have for many years, and also ride River Rd all the time on my bike. If you don't approve, don't drive there, drive somewhere else. Driving is a right, not a privilege, and in my view some of you might not deserve it. If you can't obey the law, fine, I can and will totally bleed you to death in court, because I probably have more money than you, I will prosecute you, and you may never drive again. This drunk driver will definitely go away for a long long while, as he deserves to. Too bad. He was dumb and is a criminal. There is no need for the pathetic, ugly comments on this thread. A man has lost his life. Have a good day.

its an all-vehicle lane

There is no such thing as a "car lane". There can be a bike lane, and a lane that is open to all vehicles, including bicycles. The presence of a bike lane does not preclude he cyclist from using the other lane, just as the presence of an HOV lane does not preclude HOVs from the other lanes. Cyclists are required to use the all-vehicle when preparing to turn left. Cyclists use the all-vehicle lane when the bike lane is locked by debris or broken pavement. NCGS 20-141. Speed restrictions. ... (m) The fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than the foregoing limits shall not relieve the operator of a vehicle from the duty to decrease speed as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway, and to avoid injury to any person or property.

Lanes of travel

Cyclist also use turning lanes to go straight through an intersection when they feel like it.

some might

as do motorists

I use River Road a lot going

I use River Road a lot going to Carolina Beach and there are always bikes. Some are in the bike lane, single file. At other times, they are decked out in their spandex three and four wide in the road like it's the Tour de France. The only difference is they close the roads to vehicular traffic and these wannabes compete with cars with an "I own the road" attitude. I have been behind some for miles doing 35 because I cannot pass and they are in the roadway. Doesn’t some of the tax on the gas I put in my car, and my registration fee go towards roads and highways? Didn’t I read about all the tax dollars the city spent on a bike path?

Doesn't sound like River Road to me

What you describe doesn't sound a thing like River Road. Cyclists that ride River Road will be found almost exclusively single-file, but one may be on the traffic side of the line falling to the back of the group. If you're "behind some for miles doing 35 because I cannot pass" then you are going down a long hill, not something that is found on River Road. As for bike paths, most of the multi-use paths are still paths to nowhere, and because of their target users (pedestrians and casual cyclists) are pretty much useless to people on road bikes.

Ticket bikers that don't use the bike lane

Dear Wilmington, Thanks for adding the bike lane. Now if the tigthly dressed bikers with racing outfits and $2,000 bicycles will please stay out of the car lanes I'd feel like our tax money went to a good cause. I have no problem with those bikers personally, as long as they use this lane. But if they get caught in the car lane they should recieve a ticket, and the ticket should go to repay the city for paving this BIKE LANE!!!

It is perfectly legal to

It is perfectly legal to ride a bike on all roads in this state except Interstates or where otherwise posted. That is why I ride on every single road in this county and do not ever get a ticket. This is a good example of the sort of blatant ignorance that good tax paying people like myself have to deal with all the time. If you don't know the law, stay off my road, please! I didn't pay for it for the likes of you!

Roads

Could you also have a road built for me.

I'm glad that it is only

I'm glad that it is only your tax dollars that have paid for these roads. I wonder where mine went. I sure hope one day i can have my own road

No such thing

There is no such thing as a "car lane". There can be a bike lane, and a lane that is open to all vehicles, including bicycles. The presence of a bike lane does not preclude he cyclist from using the other lane, just as the presence of an HOV lane does not preclude HOVs from the other lanes. Cyclists are required to use the all-vehicle when preparing to turn left. Cyclists use the all-vehicle lane when the bike lane is locked by debris or broken pavement. NCGS 20-141. Speed restrictions. ... (m) The fact that the speed of a vehicle is lower than the foregoing limits shall not relieve the operator of a vehicle from the duty to decrease speed as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway, and to avoid injury to any person or property.

Safety precautions taken?

I'm curious to know if the cyclist who was died in that accident mentioned was taking all normal safety precautions one should be taking when sharing the road with cars. In particular, rear blinking safety lights and reflective clothing. Anyone who is sharing the road with cars at night and isn't doing what they need to be doing to "announce their presence" is just asking to get hit.

Hold the right person accountable!

The cyclist was sharing the road with cars during daylight hours (it's not dark yet at 6:30 pm) and the trooper said it appeared he was using the bike lane (though it is permissible, and at times necessary, to be on the traffic side of the white line for short periods.) The driver chose to get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and it resulted in a death. He needs to be put away for a long time. Unfortunately he probably won't, because somehow once you involve a cyclist, we seem to want to absolve drivers, however stupid or drunk, of all responsibility.