A so far unpublished letter I sent to our daily rag:
UPDATE: Until today that is, here.
Hi. Say an average human pedaling an average bicycle together weigh two hundred pounds. And say our average speed on a roadway is somewhere between ten and twenty mph. We are no match for two tons of glass and steel moving at 40-60 mph. The other thing is, when you’re bicycling, it can be very difficult to hear and understand what people are saying, even when they’re right behind you. Much less someone in a truck with their window down speeding by at 55 mph. So please save your breath, as we cannot understand what I presume are the invectives some of you shout at us, that we get off the $%#@%^ road. Please familiarize yourself with the relevant laws in Anchorage governing bicycles on the roadway (AMC 9.38.020(a)), where I will remind you we are legally permitted to ride our bikes, even when — yes even when — there is an adjacent path. It’s a very clearly worded law. We thank you in advance for sharing the road, and seeing bicyclists.