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Rules for the road

I find it necessary to respond to Laura Taylor’s letter regarding my mountain bike accident. First and foremost, I would like to thank the people that helped in getting me to the hospital and all the incredible care at the hospital we do have the best.

As for Ms. Taylor’s comment that the focus of the article should have been on the fact that I was not wearing helmet is absolutely an unbelievable comment and shows an attitude that should be a major concern to all. I was riding my bike up hill and was hit by a rider who was speeding downhill and unable to control his bike and speed. The reason I allowed my picture to be displayed was to get the message out that people need to think of what their actions could do to others. People need to be responsible and accountable for their actions, no matter what you are doing.

The ski industry developed the skier responsibility code after skiers continued skiing downhill out of control hitting other skiers and objects. Unless you are on a closed racecourse or an exhibition area it is your responsibility to be in control so you can avoid collisions with others.

Spring Creek Trail has signs at both the top and bottom identifying it as a multi-use trail and that downhill traffic (bikers) is to yield to up hill traffic. The biker that collided with me could have just as well collided with an unprotected hiker, child, dog (on or off a leash), llama, horse or someone’s grandmother. The focus should have been on the fact that people need to be in control so they can avoid causing injury to other users of trails and to slow down especially on public trails warning signs or not.

I have had numerous calls from people of all ages telling me of their close calls and horror stories. They all want to get the word out that they are afraid to hike their favorite trail since the mountain bikers have taken over. As the biker that collided with me said,” this is a real wake up call for us to slow down.” Please SHARE the trail systems we have with others. We should not need any more rules, regulations or signs we just need to be responsible!!

Steve Elkins

Steamboat Springs

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