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April 23, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Tar snakes’ a hazard for cycle riders

STILLWATER, Okla. — James Boyles


To the editor:

Motorcyclists, bicyclists and scooter operators are at risk when operating their vehicles on streets having pavement cracks sealed. The sealer, a tar like substance, becomes very pliable when temperatures increase.  

Two-wheeled vehicles become unstable as a result of reduced traction especially while turning. The instability makes an experienced rider a bit nervous and downright dangerous for the novice. The loss of traction may put a rider down through no fault of their own.

The most treacherous roadway is on 19th between Western and Country Club with the intersection at Country Club particularly risky due to the many “tar snakes” where riders may be attempting a turn.

As air and pavement temperatures increase the “tar snakes” become more treacherous to riders on two wheels. Drivers of smaller cars may also feel their car move slightly while traveling over these “snakes.”

Riders, use extreme caution when encountering “tar snakes.”

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