Today Is National Bike To Work Day. Be Careful Out There!

The long winter of our discontent has given way to the glorious spring of our bike-riding.

But though the cold and snow are gone, remnants remain. They did a number on a number of Westport roads, and the public works folks have not yet been able to repair all the damage.

Alert — and not very pleased — cyclist Larry Berman took these photos on recent rides:

Green's Farms Road, between Hillspoint and Clapboard Hill.

Green’s Farms Road, between Hillspoint and Prospect.

Clapboard Hill Road

Clapboard Hill Road.

Hyde Lane, near Long Lots Elementary School.

Hyde Lane, near Long Lots Elementary School.

Wilton Road near Exit 41 -- a closeup.

Wilton Road near Exit 41 — a closeup.

Larry says:

Hitting these potholes in a car is bone-rattling. Imagine hitting them on a 23mm bicycle tire. I hope drivers will please take extra caution around cyclists. Many times we are forced into the middle of the road to avoid dangerous shoulders.

There’s a lot to be said for Westport’s narrow, winding roads. And not all of it is “!@#$%^&*.”

We’re all in this together. Let’s slow down. Look out for each other. And take time to smell the forsythia.

 

4 responses to “Today Is National Bike To Work Day. Be Careful Out There!

  1. Mike Alpert

    Well said Larry. As a biker, I am on the area roads a lot and I think the drivers are incredibly accommodating — for the most part. Please understand bikers are merely trying to share the road and remain safe – not prevent anyone from getting anywhere.

  2. Bobbie Herman

    There are a couple of beauties on the Post Road (East), and I haven’t seen them coming up. Talk about bone-rattling.

  3. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Hopefully, you’ll be smelling the sweet smell of asphalt soon, very soon.

  4. Art Schoeller

    One thing folks should know is that Steve Edwards, our head of Public Works, is an avid cyclist so he is well attuned to the issues faced by our fellow riders. One of the shots here is Greens Farms Road, which MANY, MANY of us cyclists use in partnership with our fellow car and truck drivers. I am pretty sure that stretch is due to get paved this year. So cheer on our Public Works folks and let them know your specific spots of concern. It WAS a rough winter and I have seen a LOT of pot holes on my rides.