I frequently bike on the back roads of Maine for exercise and enjoyment. I have enjoyed this activity for much of my adult life and continue to do so, even as I near 80 years old.

However, in the last few years I have frequently encountered situations where automobiles put my life in danger by coming very close to me, even when I am as far to the right as conditions permit. State law dictates that bikers be given clearance of at least three feet, and I occasionally see signs to that effect.

A partial solution to this problem would be, I believe, to add more such signs. This would be an easy and inexpensive way to increase the safety of the state’s bikers.

A better solution, of course, would be to widen the apron on our roads, and I hope this could be done as roads are repaved. Also, enforcement of the three-foot requirement, when possible, would help. I believe there are federal funds available to use for these improvements.

Biking should be encouraged, and those of us who enjoy it should be given the protection we deserve.

David Lanzo, Rangeley

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