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July 1, 2013
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Cyclists: Beware yellow stripe

We own a place in Arrowhead and come out to the Vail Valley every year over the Fourth of July.

We arrived last Friday evening and on Saturday decided to do one of our favorite summer activities, which is to ride our bikes down from the Vail Pass rest area.

On Saturday, we went from Vail Pass to Silverthorne and noted that the bike path was in disrepair in sections, but there were no problems even though we got caught in a large thunderstorm.

On Sunday, we decided to do the ride again, but this time from Vail Pass to Vail Village.

Once we got started, we ran into rain and hail, so we just slowed down.

The bike path is in great condition after the resurfacing.

The problem is that a wide yellow line has been painted down the middle of the bike path. I don’t know what type of paint was used, but when it gets wet, it is extremely slick.

I was on a road bike. At one point on the descent, both my tires were on the yellow line and the bike went out from under me, since the tires could not maintain traction. Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet, so I only got some bruises and road rash.

Later on the same ride, we were approaching a bridge before the Vail golf course, and again I got my tire on the yellow line. This time I went down hard. Fortunately nothing was broken, but there was a lot of blood.

I spent the rest of the day at the Vail Valley Medical Center getting cleaned up.

While there the staff let me know that about six people come in per day due to bicycle accidents, and many of them had mentioned the danger of the yellow line.

They told me that the day before, two people had come in with severe injuries due to falls and were still at the medical center.

I feel something needs to be done to address the danger of the yellow line since I am an experienced road biker and had two serious falls on the same ride.

Wayne Saxton

Irvine, Calif.

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