Letters to the Editor

Cyclists follow rules, deserve respect

I am an avid local cyclist, logging over 100 miles each week locally, year-round. I am constantly amazed and appalled at the apparent willingness of motorists on local roadways to kill me to get where they are going.

Just as a reminder, for those who may not know, bicyclists enjoy the same right to the road as motor vehicles. We also share the same responsibilities. I stop for stop lights, stop signs, yield right-of-way when I am supposed to, and feel that I have the right to expect the same treatment from motorists. For those of you who may encounter me in Murrells Inlet, on U.S. 17 Business, please be aware that I am not required to use the bike path. Please refrain from blowing your horn and screaming at me to use it.

Please keep in mind that cyclists are not objects impeding your progress. We are flesh and blood human beings - husbands, fathers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc. We cannot possibly win in a collision with your vehicle. Please slow down and wait until it is safe to pass. It will cost you at most a few seconds, and just may save someone's life. Surely no destination you may proceeding to can be worth someone's life.

One final note: Cyclists in South Carolina are protected legally from harassment by motorists. This includes horn blowing, yelling, throwing things, etc. We ride bicycles for fun and fitness. Every cyclist I know tries to be courteous and law-abiding. Please afford us the same respect.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.