August 11, 2021
To the Editor:
The letter “Stay on Shoulder” (7/28) encourages cyclists to journey on the shoulder in Harvey Cedars. As a cyclist I want to make certain motor vehicle drivers know that the New Jersey motor car or truck code clearly states that “every person riding a bicycle on a roadway shall experience as in close proximity to to the ideal roadside as practicable.”
The shoulder is not the roadway, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation bicycle handbook allows demonstrate “practicable” when it recommends “the finest technique is to situation yourself various ft out into the lane where motorists will see you and not be invited to squeeze by in the exact same lane.”
In a lot of Harvey Cedars the guidance of the DOT is value listening to. In quite a few places the shoulder is way too narrow, crowded with pedestrians (generally on the incorrect side of the road), coated with drinking water or crammed with debris. I don’t believe several cyclists would say that any of Harvey Cedars has “plenty of shoulder region.”
As an professional bicycle owner who often rides by way of Harvey Cedars, I know that lots of motorists never like this. They usually yell at me, but at minimum they really don’t run me off the street and I really don’t crash into another person inching out at an intersection or a pedestrian who all of a sudden cuts in entrance of me.
I know Harvey Cedars has labored to strengthen the shoulder, and in some conditions it is risk-free and correct for cyclists to trip there. Nonetheless, we do have the proper to the roadway, and with two lanes in equally instructions we can all share the street. Possibly someday the political opposition to the “3 in HC” proposal will quit and we can implement this option – earning it safer for absolutely everyone cycling, jogging and walking in Harvey Cedars. Until then I will work out my authorized right to ride in the roadway when that is my most secure option.
Scott Van Bramer