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Editorial: On bike seat or behind the wheel, take care

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The death in June of 55-year-old Ed Lakata, who was hit and killed by a pickup truck while bicycling on Route 29A in Johnstown, has brought some welcome attention to the issue of bike safety. Unfortunately, it has also brought out some of the tensions and dangerous differences in perspective between motorists and bicyclists, as expressed in a series of letters to the editor and a July 14 story by Sara Foss in the Gazette. ...

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ChuckD
July 26, 2013
6:44 p.m.

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While I appreciate the Gazette taking the time to weigh in on this subject, albeit in a rather lightweight way, it seems to me the real story here is Sheriff Lorey's apparent dereliction of duty. How in the world is it possible that a law enforcement officer can get away with this egregious misstatement of the law? Especially in the context of a fatality?
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Where's investigative journalism when we need it?

treanorgazette
July 27, 2013
noon

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I think that it is interesting that an increase in bikers has produced an us-versus-them mentality on the road, since most bikers are drivers too. I ride my bike to work and I am astonished by the occasional aggressive disrespectful driver who flips me the finger or waits until he is next to me to yell a profanity. Both happened to me yesterday and in both cases I was riding through Alplaus and the driver was not delayed by me at all. I feel that in the second case the driver was hoping to entertain himself by scaring me off the road. He then sped past me to wait at a red light behind several cars. When he vents his rage in a manner that kills somebody, he too will claim that the bicyclist weaved in front of him. Normal drivers cannot identify with this sort of behavior. Bicycles are simply identifying the most aggressive intolerant drivers.

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