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Bicycles must be louder — for safety

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June 12

To the editor: I am writing about bike path safety. On May 12, around 7 p.m., in broad daylight, I was walking alone on the bike path by Ballaine Lake, keeping to the right, when I was struck from behind by a bicyclist. There was no audible warning. I was thrown forward, with my forehead hitting the pavement. Fortunately, I did not lose consciousness. The bicyclist got back on his bike and sped away. I went to the emergency room. I am still recovering from my injuries.

In thinking how to prevent this from happening to someone else, I look at what is happening with electric vehicles, which are also very quiet. As of Sept 1, 2019, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require electric vehicles to generate artificial audible sound when in motion. Perhaps something similar could be done with bicycles for use when at speed in a pedestrian area? Because, as I have learned, not all bicyclists call out “on your left” or use a bike bell.



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