I want to alert readers about a dangerous experience I had on my bike on Sunday, July 1.
On a steep descent down the Taos Ski Valley Road, a full-sized newer model pickup pulled up alongside me. The passenger reached out his window and slapped my arm hard enough to make a bruise. I was going about 36 mph, riding about one foot off the white line. There is no shoulder on this road so, had I gone down, I'd have either crashed onto the rocky side of the road or I'd have gone down under his rear wheel.
He could have killed me or left me badly injured.
There was no one even in sight in the other lane so this guy, who had plenty of space to pull out and pass me safely, was playing and/or just trying to hurt me. I managed to keep my bike upright but the impact of his hitting my arm left me very unstable at that speed and just hanging on for dear life as his truck passed less than a foot from me. Unfortunately, by the time I had my bike back under control he was too far away for me to see his license plate.
I don't understand this behavior that I and so many of my cyclist friends have experienced. We are legally allowed to share the roads with motorists and, most of us, are courteous and careful. If you drive a motor vehicle, please know that we are out here.
We are your mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, coworkers, friends, and neighbors. Share the road. It's the law.
– Anne-Marie Hillings, Taos