I am still shaken by what I have read of the recent incident between the local firefighter and Alan Simons. At 72-and-a-half, I occasionally take my bicycle down to the Bent Creek [Experimental Forest] or the North Carolina Arboretum for a ride (mainly, I hike). But I would never ride my bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway or any rural road that did not have a designated bike lane. Like many a local vehicle driver, I have cussed out on-road bicyclists who ride double or singly in the middle of the lane.
I have a partial solution that does not require taxing all of us for designated bike lanes on some rural roads frequented by on-road bicyclists: Why not have them pay for a yearly license tag ($15?) as a Use Tax? And have all the tax go to paving shoulders for designated bike lanes.
As an 8-year-old living in St. Paul, Minn., (this was 1945), I had to pay $5 for a tiny metal tag to put on my bicycle seat. They told us all this money went toward bike safety (we had to show yearly that we knew the "rules of road" before we bought the tag).
And maybe legislation in this direction would get under-50cc moped operators licensed, registered and insured!
— Yale W. Mooers