From every comment I’ve heard, Loop 49 is the safest road for bike riders. A few years ago I was almost killed on SH 64 when a speeding truck darted across oncoming traffic and broadsided me. By God’s grace, I only sustained three compound fractures, six weeks in the hospital and months of therapy.
The Texas Drivers Handbook says, “The most common motorist caused car-bicycle crash is a motorist turning left in the face of oncoming bicycle traffic.” This dangerous scenario does not exist for bike riders on Loop 49.
I agree with Bob Gaddy’s opinion in a recent letter that “more tragic deaths will occur each year as a result of the complications of obesity and inactivity than will ever happen with bike riders on Loop 49.” The motto for the Fit City Challenge is “Making Tyler a FIT CITY one step, one bite and one health-conscious decision at a time.”
Let’s encourage the NETRMA board to make the decision in favor of bicycles on Loop 49 around Tyler.