I just finished a May bicycle trip across four states. My journey along the Snake River was memorable in many ways, but the safety-conscious motorists of the region have been my best souvenir. Almost every single driver would wait patiently behind me until it was safe to pass. Upon doing so, they would swing all the way into the opposite lane to give me plenty of space while I hugged the right side.
This behavior is not taken for granted by cyclists. Most cars and trucks give us inches, or maybe a couple of feet, without ever slowing their speed. These heart-stopping moments are in stark contrast to the courteous driving skills of Idahoans. Thank you, and please find a way to share these skills with other states. There is much they can learn from you.
Ralph Goldstein, Oregon City, Ore.