I wholeheartedly agree with Tom Nelson’s recent letter to the editor that Anchorage’s paved bike trails have become increasingly dangerous over the past several years. However, I disagree that e-bikes are the primary cause. I ride my bike from Downtown to Kincaid Park and back about four to five times per week after the snow melts in the spring until the first snow in the fall. Like Nelson, I have encountered long lines of people, usually tourists, on e-bikes. Sometimes those riders are riding safely and sometimes they are not.
However, the biggest safety concerns in my opinion are the people on any type of bike who ride too quickly for how many people are on the trail, and the people who do not obey simple traffic laws that also apply to bike trails, such as do not pass on a blind corner, stay on your side of the trail, and do not pass when someone is coming in the other direction.
My friend and I were riding back from Kincaid Park and encountered two walkers on the left side at the bottom of Point Worontzof Hill. There was a man on a regular bike who moved onto our side of the bike trail, coming in our direction, on a blind corner, to pass the walkers. I barely made it by him, and my friend was left with Hobson’s choice of colliding head-on with the errant biker, running into the walkers, or going straight off into the bushes. She suffered a […]