As a community, Carmel has embraced bicycling, which is great. We have been building bike paths along residential streets for a number of years. In my neighborhood, one can now easily ride on 126th Street from Keystone Parkway to River Road on an expansive, dedicated track.
So why is it so many bicyclists continue to ride in the street, with us uber-cautious and courteous local drivers toddling along at 18 mph in a line behind them? Isn’t this why the bike paths were built in the first place, to provide a safe alternative to riding in the street, disrupting traffic and possibly getting hit by some careless driver?
I think that bicyclists should ride on dedicated bike paths where they exist. If they choose not to, if they just prefer the feel of the street, they should get ticketed. There isn’t much point in continuing to pave Carmel by building bike paths that are not going to be used.
Bruce Allen, Carmel