Usually, I side with the bicyclist when there's a letter to the editor about "Bikes vs. Cars," but I'm with the "car people" today. Here's why:
Last week, while road biking on what's called the "Commuter's Section" of our wonderful Blue Ridge Parkway (US #74 to NC #191), I stopped at milepost 390 to eat a snack.
Looking down the road where I had just been pedaling, I saw a long line of cars. Just in front of them were two bikers riding next to one-another, all decked-out in fancy biking clothes and on very expensive bikes.
As all passed me, I saw no rude hand gestures or heard any horns honking, just two arrogant bikers who refused to ride single-file and let the cars by.
Not being able to contain myself, I yelled at the bikers, suggesting rather forcibly that they move out of the way of the cars. They were as oblivious of me as they were of the cars behind them.
On behalf of the bikers who use the BRP as part of their training and for pleasure, I'd like to apologize to the well-mannered drivers who dealt with these two guys today. I hope they read this and recognize themselves!
— Steve Longenecker