Earlier this week, we asked readers their views on the efforts of a new Myrtle Beach subcommittee that hopes to make city’s roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The effort comes in response to the deaths of four bicyclists in the area this summer, two of them within the Myrtle Beach city limits.
Excerpts of some of your responses -- gleaned from Facebook and MyrtleBeachOnline.com comments -- follow:
Drivers need to take responsibility when they put the key in their 2,000 pound car and act like it’s a NASCAR race. Don't drive with that attitude and for God’s sake don't drink.
We need to be more patient and courteous when we drive. How about some cheap signs that state “You Do Not Own The Road” might get people thinking.
Also, advising cyclists that they must obey highway laws, and ticketing those who do not, might help, too. At rental agencies, perhaps pamphlets that remind cyclists of their responsibilities (could be) given with the receipts. We don't have to spend a lot of money to save some people some pain.
People should wear reflective vests while riding at night to make them visible to drivers. No matter how much money the city spends on trying to make it safer, there will always be accidents because people don't always follow what is right. Same for pedestrians. Some do not wait for the light to change but they see a space they can run across.
These things cannot be accounted for and are not always able to be seen by police to enforce this. Honestly I think that it would be a waste of taxpayers dollars when they can use the sidewalk. Let's use that money somewhere else where it will make a bigger difference. I am all about the safety of people but I don't see this being a productive idea.