This letter is to those who bike on the river pathway, including the one who knocked down an 85-year-old man walking his dog in front of the Richland Yacht club about 6:30 a.m. June 25.
The pathway is a scenic area used by young and old, able and partially disabled. It is an extremely poor place to train for long bike rides or races. There are roadways with bike lanes that are much more suitable.
You said you didn’t see him, but the lighting was good and the pathway clear and straight. You did stop and ask if he was all right before you went on. He said he was, but internal injuries sometimes come on slowly. He spent four days in the hospital and received four units of blood. He will probably be using a walker for some time.
Please, choose your route according to your objective. We are delighted to have you here, but be alert, do let us know “on your left” or whatever, but don’t assume we have normal hearing. Be ready to stop if necessary. This area is used by children, pets, the elderly. It is a poor racetrack.