As its meeting on July 20, the Falmouth Select Board approved the proposal of Friends of Falmouth Bikeways to post “wear a mask” signs on the bike path. Over the past few days as the Friends went about installing these signs, we mostly heard favorable comments. However, there were dissenters who claimed that they can practice social distancing on the path. I don’t believe that this claim is realistic. For example, as a cyclist or runner passes a walker, they clearly pass within six feet of one another. If people walk or cycle two abreast, they are also within six feet. The bike path is crowded, especially on weekends in the summer.
In my observation, those who most blatantly refuse to wear a mask are the groups of four or five male cyclists who pass slower riders like me at a good rate of speed. I think they all need to consider the sign at the takeout window of one of our local coffee shops that implores: “Your mask protects me.”
Leonard W. Johnson
Wild Harbor Road