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Guidelines for Bikers, Pedestrians and Motorists

Tuesday, October 22, 2019   (7 Comments)

The St. James comprehensive Guidelines for Bike riders, Pedestrians, and Motorists is available by clicking here.

Comments...

Bill Fitzpatrick says...
Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Thank you for posting these guidelines again. It is help to remind new residents and a few rude drivers. I try to ride 100 miles a week and agree that most drivers in STJ are courteous. I also ride down Players Club drive. I agree with John Canty that the section with the islands is too narrow for a car to pass a bicycle. I too will ride in the road to prevent a car from passing. However, I try to ride as fast as possible, sometimes at the speed limit, but will move over at the next intersection to allow cars to pass. I respectfully disagree with William James. Driving against traffic is unsafe. Bicycles are vehicles and must comply to the same laws as cars. I would suggest everyone ride with traffic, wear a helmet, use a rear view mirror, and a rear flashing light even in the daytime.
John Canty says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
Thanks for posting this in the weekly newsletter to remind us all of the biking guidelines here in St. James. I am new to the community and ride about 40 miles a week within St. James. The vast majority of St. James drivers have been extremely courteous. However, I have run into aggressive/rude drivers in the Players Club section on Players Club Drive. This occurs in sections of the road that are divided/split due to landscaping in the middle of the road. There is simply not enough room for a car to safely pass a bike (leaving the 2 ft required by NC state law) in these sections of the road. So, I am one of “those bikers” who will ride out in the middle of the road until I am through the tight/split section and then move over so cars can pass. I just spent a few days in Seabrook Island, SC where signs are posted in front of their split roads that say “Do Not Pass Bicycles in Traffic Islands”. We need signs like this here in St. James in my opinion.
Bruce Hayden says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
These guidelines are well done. Thanks and congrats to all who helped develop them. As an avid cyclist who rides 50+ miles per week inside St. James, I find that the mutual respect and courtesy shown among pedestrians, motorists and cyclists here in St. James is exemplary If I could add one additional point, I would encourage all riders to make sure that motorists - and golfers - see you at intersections. Despite wearing bright clothing, bicyclists are often out of the visual range of drivers who are principally looking for cars. Never hesitate to wave your arms, sound a bell, blow a whistle or otherwise make eye contact with drivers. The motorists will be grateful for the alert and you'll have a much safer ride. Thanks
William James says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
I ride 30 miles a week inside St James. I try and stay on sidewalks or bike paths. I do move to the street when I encounter a walker. When I take to the street I always face on coming traffic. The streets in St James are narrow and highly crowned. I always look into the eyes of on coming motorists. And what I find with alarming frequency is the driver looking down at their phone!!!And the car drifting toward the shoulder. It is far too dangerous to ride with traffic. So unless the POA is willing to invest in a capital project to add bike lanes every where I will continue to deify your traffic guidelines. I invite additional comments on this subject. Bill James
Gordon Ferguson says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
Good timing. My wife, an avid bike rider, has a serious health issue that causes bones to become brittle with an increased risk of breaking. She rides in the middle of the lane, out of fear that she might go off the pavement and take a spill. Unfortunently, a very small minority of St. James drivers who are so impatient that, if they can't pass her right away, will come up behind her and start blowing their horn, then blow it again when they do pass, as happened yesterday Worst still, she has had drivers swear at her as they go by. She has heard "Get off the road b...th!", "Get on the f..ing sidewalk where you belong!" among other obsene gestures. This rude behavior occurs almost weekly. Understandly, it upsets her and takes the joy out of her passion for riding. If only every resident could read and and abide by the GUIDELINES.
Alan Odorczyk says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
Good refresher for both residents and visitors....unfortunately, many do not pay attention to the posted speed limit signs, especially contractors as well as visitors. St James Safety & Security needs to do a better job while on patrol.
Chris Egger says...
Posted Monday, October 28, 2019
I like the guidelines. They make sense to me.