Driving daily along 30A, I see many cyclists enjoying our wonderful bike path. 



Unfortunately, there is another group of cyclists who seem to have a stubborn attitude, and who choose instead to ignore the bike path and ride among the motor vehicles on the roadway. 



Their numbers seem to be increasing; sometimes I see "packs" of five or more, not always in single file. Often, there can be a line of frustrated drivers backed up behind the cyclists unable to pass. 



Sometimes I witness a "white knuckle" moment as a motorist attempts to pass in the face of oncoming traffic while squeezing by the biker with a few feet to spare. 



Much of 30A is a narrow, winding roadway without a bike lane. It's totally unsuited for accommodating large numbers of cyclists.



As we all know traffic is heavy at this time of year. There are many large trucks and drivers distracted by hand held devices. 



Recently, I was behind a truck that was weaving all over, including onto the grass. Passing, I saw the driver texting away. Any cyclist alongside would have been toast.



Last year, a former neighbor was killed while cycling in the Hwy. 98 bike lane.  It's a dangerous game being played by the 30A bicycle jockeys. It's just a matter of time until one or more ends up in the back of an ambulance, or worse.



Cycling on the 30A roadway needs to be banned.



With a paved bike path nearby, this should not inconvenience anyone. However, there also needs to be a regular bike lane constructed alongside the roadway. It'll save lives. 



Expensive? Perhaps, but it'll be a much wiser use of scarce funds than some other questionable projects being bandied about, such as, the proposed 30A golf cart speedway or a grandiose sports center.  



Projects like these are good for entertaining tourists and not much else!  How about drawing some funding from the new half cent sales tax or TDC bed tax?



Our brilliant county officials can figure this out.  They need to do it soon before tragedy strikes.



 



Roger Bonk is a Grayton Beach resident.