As one who has bicycled the streets of Kansas City for more than 25 years, I've had my share of experiences with irate and idiotic motorists. And nice ones, too.
I realize that, were I to have a run-in with a car or truck, I would come out on the losing end. Yet, riding our streets and highways doesn't scare me. If it's my time to go, so be it. One cannot live life in fear.
Having said that, I trust that motorists will be aware of my presence on the road and take appropriate safety measures, such as slowing a bit and moving to the left when possible. In turn, I stay as far to the right as is practical and safe, maintain a straight line of travel, signal my intentions and obey all traffic signs and signals.
Scofflaws give all cyclists a bad reputation and cause much ill will with motorists.
I urge everyone on the roads to pay attention and follow the laws. Stay off the cell phone. Sit up straight, both hands on the wheel, and be alert.
You can avoid senseless tragedy by using your eyes, ears and brains.
Timothy Earl Osburn