With the recent death of John Rous, I am once again reminded of how vulnerable I am when I’m riding my bicycle, even on roads with wide bike lanes like Alfred Harold Highway.

A second of inattention by a motorist, especially while texting or phoning, can kill. I’d like to thank all you drivers who are extremely cautious around us bikers. You are in the vast majority and I really appreciate how you watch out for us. But we all have temporary lapses of judgment or we just don’t see each other.

Thanks to all of those who have forgiven me for my mistakes, and I have likewise forgiven those drivers who have erred. We all have to take care of each other — not only on the road, but in life in general.

— Doug White, Bakersfield