Respect where you ride
As someone who enjoys biking, I was pleased to see Westfield embracing the idea of designated bike loops. Trails are a safe and highly enjoyable way for everyone to get out and ride. With the increasing number of bikers there is also an increase in something most bikers are not aware of – noise pollution. Bikers voices are extremely loud and can be anywhere from irritating to disturbing to the people who live on these loops. I live in a quiet rural community that is on one of the designated loops, and many mornings am startled awake by the sound of a biker’s voice coming in my bedroom window, sometimes as early as 5:30 a.m. Because my road is a very popular biking destination this problem continues throughout the day. A good deal of this could be eliminated if bikers would obey the same rules as they do when they are driving, such as stopping at stop signs, using hand signals for turns, and looking ahead for oncoming traffic before passing. Respect where you ride – be aware of noise pollution.