The following (very polite) letter was published in the Wilmington News Journal:
I think it’s a good thing that more people are riding bikes.
But why, with an 8-foot-wide shoulder, do you ride the white line as close to the travel lane as possible? I would think that for your safety and that of the motorist, you would move over.
– Bill Mellon, Newark
It’s a forgone conclusion that most bicyclists who ride to the left of the shoulder do so to avoid glass shards and other debris tossed from the windows of cars. Gravel is also a chronic problem, often the result of loosely secured dump trucks or other construction vehicles. These two, along with other sharps often fill the rightmost 3/4 of the shoulder, and motorists do not see it.
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