Bicycle safety...
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Just a heads-up. Recently, I heard of two prominent Moab citizens who were faced with the unthinkable. They accidentally hit bicyclists in Moab!

Fortunately, other than a destroyed bicycle and a massive tire mark in one accident, neither the riders nor the drivers were injured. Shaken nerves, however, were extremely apparent.

Part of problem/issue is that many people ride bicycles against traffic (which is against law in Utah). Police are aware and hoping to promote a campaign for citizen safety concerning bicycles.

Since I had a life-changing accident when my 6-year-old son was hit by a jeep back some 37 years ago, I think I can speak to the nightmare created in a split-second of non-defensive driving or not teaching your children to wear helmets or stop at traffic signs as if a bicycle were like any other motorized vehicle.

Many of our hotels have recruited employees from foreign countries — I know that at least 35 are from Turkey and one of the riders involved in a recent accident was from Turkey.

When I think of the impact on humanity and our Moab village, I thought it worth the time, as a concerned citizen, to write this letter to the editor.

—Charlotte Mates

Moab

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