Please give cyclists room

The death of Edward Lakata while riding his bike is very sad. My condolences go to his family and friends.

I did not know Edward, but as a fellow cyclist I thought this would be a good opportunity to ask motorists to exercise caution when approaching and passing cyclists on the road. Cyclists try to ride on the shoulder, but this is not always possible. Some roads have no shoulder; some shoulders are very narrow; the shoulder is often in bad shape as compared to the road; and the shoulder is where sand, broken glass and other debris tend to accumulate. In these circumstances, cyclists are forced onto the road. Even when a cyclist stays on the shoulder, some cars come too close for comfort.

When a motorist sees a cyclist ahead, slowing down a bit and taking as wide a berth as possible around the cyclist is the safest thing to do. All of us who ride would greatly appreciate it.