Driving down from my friends' is even more harrowing. One recent week, I was terrorized when a pack of cyclists, who were racing downhill, passed my car and cut in front, causing me to swerve into a ditch. With near-misses unnerving motorists, residents and their visitors on a daily basis, common sense now makes it necessary to restrict bicycling. A compromise could require bicyclists to get a permit and sign an acknowledgment of enforced rules, as well as a waiver of liability to motorists. If not entirely restricted, there should be a limit of two early morning hours.
Further, when bikers reach the intersection at Skyline Boulevard, they brazenly congregate on both sides and on the road itself, all while talking on their phones, drinking, texting, and checking the stats of their rides. For a motorist making a left turn from the southbound lane of Skyline onto Old La Honda, where cyclists have congregated, it is more frightening than being chased on a bike by a pack of wild, rabid dogs. The motorist's choice is: Do I take out these bikers or get broadsided by a northbound car coming around the curve on Skyline?
Also discouraging is the rudeness I have encountered when I ask bikers for compliance to road-use regulations. To further neglect this problem is asking for continued tragedies, lower property values, and loss of the rights of life, liberty, and happiness of Woodside residents and their guests — including delivery and emergency vehicles!
Pat Winslow Connolly
Three-time Olympian: 1960-'64-'68
Half Moon Bay
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