After the tragic July 19 death of Pete Bennett when a car hit him while he was riding his bicycle, I have noted a painful split between some cyclists and some motorists. Some bicyclists feel too intimidated to ride and some motorists are annoyed to see bicyclists on the road.
Both require education, and need to follow all Arizona traffic laws and motorists need to do the same and recognize the legal rights of bicyclists. Arizona law treats bicyclists as vehicle operators. They have an absolute right to use roadways and all lanes in effect are bicycle lanes.
Cycling in the Verde Valley I have had motorists yell numerous insults at me, give me numerous middle finger salutes and even shout, "if you get hit, it's your own fault."
"Can't we all get along?"
A close personal friend who encouraged me to get into cycling has died.
A memorial bike ride to honor Pete and all fallen riders and promote bicycle safety will take place at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on Labor Day at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
All are welcome; riders, motorists, runners, etc. Pete's children and grandchildren will be there. Please come and show your support. We can all get along.
Midge Steuber, M.S.
Member of Verde Valley Cyclists, The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, League of American Bicyclists, The Prescott Cycling Club and the Greater Arizona Bicycle Association