³I run errands on my bike all the time, but I don¶t use the same streets that I [would]normally drive [on]´ he said.Inexperienced bikers are only half of the accident equation. Drivers make up the other half. Zimmerman breaks down drivers into three categories; considerate drivers who are payingattention and following traffic laws, distracted drivers who are multitasking and not payingattention, and malicious, inconsiderate drivers who go out of their way to purposefully hurt andantagonize bikers. The latter two types are the most dangerous, though they only make up about10 percent of drivers.Felix Duchampt, a Queens University senior, deals with inconsiderate motorists everyday as he bikes to run errands as well as train for a Triathlon.³Just about every day I come to a situation where I may crash,´ he says. Duchampt is alifelong biker and an experienced one. According to Duchampt, who is from France, the cultureof drivers in the Southeastern United States is not accepting of cyclists.³In France, the streets are more crowded with cars and actually less suitable for biking,´he says. But ³drivers are more careful and pay more attention, so it¶s safer.´Duchampt suggests that if you are looking to ride a bike to run errands, stick tosidewalks. If looking for more rigorous exercise, head out to the suburbs (around 20 minutesfrom Queens) or ride on the ³booty loop´ which consists of Selwyn Avenue, Queens Road West,and Queens Road.³I¶ve come close to hitting bikers a few times [around campus]´ says Sarah Hoyle, aQueens junior. She says that the streets in the neighborhood just are not suitable for bikers andthat it is dangerous for drivers as well as bikers.³I do feel like that could be a good solution,´ Hoyle said when asked if adding more bikelanes in the Myers Park area would be a good idea. Jeremy Long, a graduate student who is anavid biker would also like to see more bike lanes.³I think it would ease the nerves of us (bikers) as well as them (drivers),´ he said.The Myers Park Homeowners Association was contacted several times for a comment onthe issue, however they have not responded. Not everyone is as tolerant of bikers as Hoyle is. ³I just don¶t understand why they (bikers) don¶t ride in the parks, the roads are designed for cars,not bikers´ said Queens Sophomore Benjamin Thomason who commutes to campus from hishome in Waxhaw three times a week.Zimmerman points out that on the West Coast the environment is more bike friendly,especially in places such as Portland, Oregon, and Northern California, where it is not unusual tosee thousands of cyclists on roads every day going to work or just running errands.The number of people who use biking as a primary mode of transportation in Charlotteremains small; however the number of recreational bikers is strong and continues to grow. WhileZimmerman would like to envision an environment in Charlotte similar to that of the WestCoast, he says that Charlotte still has a long way to go.