Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
A fatal car-bicycle crash on Route 9W in Orangetown on Sunday has LoHud.com readers talking about the safety of that road for cyclists:
Terrible. Hate to hear those kinds of stories. Route 9 north of Piermont does get a little dicey at times. Hhopefully they figure out what happened.”
— Jason Levine
Very sad. Yeah, no real shoulder through there, one lane in each direction, and of course hilly. I usually ride below there on Piermont Avenue/River Road (as I was doing about 90 minutes before this crash).”
— Tony Borelli
I remember there briefly being a sign that prohibited bikes on 9W. Cyclists never obeyed it and it was at some point removed. There are parts of 9W (like the blind curve where Piermont approaches Sparkill) that are so incredibly dangerous for cyclists and motorists, that I think that cyclists should stick to River Road. I have almost been hit head on by a car coming in the other direction that couldn’t see me coming around the turn while they were driving wide so as to avoid hitting a cyclist on their side, plus there is no shoulder and a wall of hedges which just compounds the problem. 9W is not wide enough for it to be a shared road, especially, as someone else stated, in the summer when there is a lot of motorist traffic, a lot of cyclist traffic, and a lot of foliage.:
— Jessica Hekl
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