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Opinion: Here are a few tips for staying alive on the road, for drivers and cyclists alike

Opinion: Here are a few tips for staying alive on the road, for drivers and cyclists alike

A divided bike lane from Chesterfield Drive southward now offers Cardiff families a safer way to ride along Coast Highway to the beach. A two-way…

Wednesday, Nov 22

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A divided bike lane from Chesterfield Drive southward now offers Cardiff families a safer way to ride along Coast Highway to the beach. A two-way version of this protected pathway is planned on the west side of the highway, northward to the southern edges of Old Encinitas. Facebook

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Berlfein is the chair of Encinitas BikeWalk and lives in Encinitas.

To: My dear friends who drive cars and to my dear friends who pedal bikes, a few tips on keeping us all alive.

From: Your neighbor who pedals a bike and drives a car.

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Dear Bike Riders,I don’t want to hit you. I really don’t. But sometimes I worry that I might just by accident. Please help me out: make yourself visible. Sometimes the light is in my eyes. Sometimes it’s night and it’s dark. Sometimes there are cars and bikes coming from all directions. It would help me a lot if you would: Wear bright colors — think bright red T-shirt, reflective green vest, neon colored basket — anything to make you stand out. If you’re wearing gray or black or brown, consider yourself invisible! Turn on your lights at dusk and leave them on until dawn — If I can’t see you, I might hit you. Lights on the front of your bike and the back, lights on your helmet, lights on your wheels. You can’t have too many lights. Signal — Let me know what you plan to do so I can plan […]

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