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Ride on the ‘right’ side of the road
We have encountered several incidents of people riding bicycles on our public streets on the wrong side of the road! If my memory does not desert me from my days with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a bicycle is considered a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways of our state and should be ridden on the right side.
A week ago, one evening, we drove down our street and started to turn right when all of a sudden, two elderly people riding bikes were riding bikes in our lane! Just this morning on my trip from the grocery store, there was a young child riding a bike on Ocean Boulevard on the left side of the street!
I have a son who frequently rides as much as 50 miles on the public highways of North Carolina, and I never cease to utter a prayer for his safety. Bikes are wonderful exercise machines, and I ride mine frequently, but always on the right side of the street or highway, and actually give signals when I turn.
Let’s keep our streets and highways safe!
North Myrtle Beach
Prefer Bestler over Bailey
Once again by contrast we see how Bob Bestler surpasses Issac Bailey. Bailey seems to like Harvard. Could we not send him there forever?
Disappointed after visit to beach
After visiting North Myrtle Beach yearly, I was disappointed by the city’s ban on beach tents. My low-profile tent with UV protection allowed me to stay at the beach all day. As someone with sun-caused basal cell carcinoma affecting my family, it is important that I keep my family from prolonged UV exposure. Unless I have an (impractical) one-to-one ration of umbrellas to people, it is impossible to provide constant shade using only an umbrella.
This year, without my tent, I stayed at the beach for only an hour or two at a time, retreating to the hotel to read.
Is it visibility? Use higher lifeguard chairs. Safety? I have seen umbrellas blow down the beach, looking likely to impale someone, but with attached and buried sandbags, my tent has never done this.
This is the first year I leaving Myrtle disappointed because vacationing with limited time on the beach leaves me longing for beaches with more logical, skin-friendly rules.