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A good time for safety on the roads

June 11, 2012
Lake Placid News

The nice weather is here - and so are the many visitors and athletes who enjoy coming up to the Olympic Village. Let's all remember exhibit more caution when driving.

By now, locals probably have noticed the increase in cyclist and runner "traffic" along our roadways. Well, this weekend is the Lake Placid Marathon and the annual Ironman triathlon is fast approaching.

Every year, the battle for the road between motorists and cyclists and runners gain attention. But the bottom line is to be safe.

For cyclists and runners, please remember: until there is an "official" bike lane created, it is still a road built for motor vehicles. Sure we all share the road, but when the road narrows, a motor vehicle is larger and can impose more damage to others who are fairly defenseless.

Please stay safe when riding or running the roads in the area.

And motorists, please remain patient. Respect the fact that these cyclists and runners have a right to be here too - AND they are really our guests. It is important for these guests no only to enjoy their stay, but to keep coming back as well.

On top of all that, there will be more traffic on the roads. More visitors. More pedestrians. More motorcycles. More road construction. More slower drivers who aren't familiar with the area.

More situations and factors that can cause a tragic incident. More reasons why motorists and others on the roadway should use caution.

Regardless of how one feels about the influx of cyclists, some of whom break the rules by riding two abreast, if a tragedy happens, and you are the one involved, it will be too late.

Please everyone, do your role in reducing the risks. Safety first.



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