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Bike rider was all but invisible

On Wednesday, May 30, at about 2 p.m., I was driving east on Route 121 between Saxtons River and Athens when I saw a strange object approaching in the oncoming lane.

Once I was close enough — a couple hundred yards — I eventually recognized that it was a hand-powered recumbent bicycle. The rider was almost completely flat, and very low to the ground. I doubt any object on the bike or rider was more than about 18 inches off the pavement.

Dude: If you’re going to be riding on public roads, you just have to get yourself a flagpole, or some other way of alerting other drivers that you are there.

I tell you this as a friend, but as it is you are all but invisible, either to drivers coming up behind you (especially around a bend in the road) or drivers in the opposite lane who, for example, might be trying to pass another car.

If anyone knows who this might have been — or know friends who ride flagless recumbent bikes — you might pass this message along.

Nichael Cramer
Guilford

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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You nailed it perfectly.

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banar Singleton (Michigan, US) says...

Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Scott says...

Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #462 (Wednesday, June 6, 2018). This story appeared on page D2.

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