Passing on the left

I finally got on my bike this week and discovered my legs don’t get as sore as my keister.
I really love riding the bike path. Yes, there is some mud in spots and when I rode last there was water under two bridges, otherwise the path is in great shape.
I do hope people take advantage of the path. Remember, it is like a road system, stay on the right except to pass. If you are walking in a group, be aware bikes may approach you from behind, so don’t occupy the whole width of the path.
If you are a biker it’s always nice to yell “coming around” or “passing” so walkers have some warning.  
Lots of people take dogs, and it would be nice if they cleaned up after their furry friends. Keeping the leash short when bicyclists approach is also a good idea.
There are no motorized vehicles on the path…that means ATVs, mini bikes, dirt bikes or golf carts.  
Remember this is your path. Treat it with respect and be nice to mother nature and each other.
Biking is on my mind. I see bike riders on Flagg Road and cringe. It’s a busy road, people drive way above the speed limit, attention spans are short…it does not seem a good idea for me for people to ride on Flagg Road.
The speed limit in Flagg Center is 30 m.p.h. Some cars pass me at what seems a lot faster than 30 m.p.h.
If you have not seen the sidewalk art in downtown area, you might want to check it out. I have seen the one at Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Highway in front of what used to be Stone’s. Hopefully there will be more popping up, or down.
Thank you Ben Spriggs for brightening up the downtown.
Summer is just around the corner and that means the free lunch in the park program will be starting soon.
Volunteers are always needed. You could volunteer one day a week, for approximately 90 minutes at a time. If you have a business, it might be a good opportunity for some community involvement while building team spirit along the way.
You have to be trained and go through a background check. Training sessions are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on May 22 at Hicks Hall, located at the Rochelle United Methodist Church. A second session is at 3:30 p.m. on May 28 at Lincoln School.

Terry Dickow is a retired elementary school teacher with lots of opinions, some you will like, some you won’t. He can be contacted at [email protected]