Letter: Biking in Harpswell a dangerous affair

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Biking in Harpswell, on Route 123 on Harpswell Neck, and on Route 24 on Orr’s and Bailey Island is very hazardous. The roads are hilly, windy, and two-lane, with pathetically narrow “bike lanes” bordering the right shoulders to allow bicycle passage. Cars and trucks traveling at 30-50 mph (depending on the speed limit) pass, often with very narrow leeway. The bike lanes and shoulders are often in gross disrepair. Broken-down and pot-holed pavement cannot be ridden on, forcing the biker to the left into the line of traffic. Please, let’s give the bicycle riders a fair chance at surviving what is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. The roads need repaving with appropriate space for bikes to ride on, as is their right.

Peter K. Shaw
Orr’s Island