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SHARE THE ROAD

SHARE THE ROAD. It's the law. And it's probably the law most broken in this county. As a cyclist, I ride on the white line, or to the right of it when pavement exists, but there are no bike lanes where I live. The shoulders are ALWAYS overgrown, mowed on average once a year, and often filled with trash beyond fast food wrappers. (Appliances, tires, furniture, etc.) I often see the signs warning of fines for littering and wonder if anyone in the county has ever received a citation. The roads are an embarrassment. Then there is the ever-growing gas tax for road maintenance, and yet we all know that this money stays in Raleigh. Motorists like to play "How fast can I drive, how close can I come to the biker, and how loud can I blare my horn." There is NO common courtesy. This is home, for me, but I have lived in Charlotte and found it to be a much safer place for bikes and motorcycles. The main reason? Drivers here are ignorant and selfish. Also, leash laws are not enforced. How can the area brag of this recognition? It is simply not true. Wilmington is NOT bicycle friendly.

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