Drivers: Pay attention to rules and cyclists

To the editor:

I couldn't agree more with Patricia Spaniol of Stephentown, N.Y. ("Laws of ownership dangerous to cyclists," Aug. 4). I was also saddened to read about the death of Mary Wilk, the 22-year-old who was struck down in the prime of her life from behind while cycling.

I too was hit by a car when I was 45 and luckily I survived with just a hole in my leg! I am 62 now and ride my bike to work every day, weather permitting and I ride against the traffic because I want to see what's coming at me, especially when drivers are texting!

I've already had some near misses, most recently on a recent Friday when I was on Dalton Avenue and a car was backing out of the driveway and the driver only looked one way, not both ways, and I had to swerve quickly to avoid being hit.

The bottom line is, everyone should be looking both ways and be off their phones via texting or talking. It's obvious some drivers cannot chew gum and drive at the same time!

Nancy Daly, Pittsfield



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