They appear every spring and for some, they are more annoying than mosquitoes and even harder to avoid.
And for others, they are an important part of the Foothills culture, pumping money into the economy, similar as to when they stop by the side of the road to pump air into their tires.
They, of course, are the seemingly hundreds of cyclists who come to the Foothills, particularly in the scenic Priddis-Millarville area, to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.
Every season there are concerns from citizens in the area of the danger of having the cyclists on the sometimes narrow roads and sharp corners.
The organizers of the Chinook Gran Fondo took a step in easing tension between cyclists and motorists by holding a cyclist etiquette session at Granary Road at the end of May.
The fact the Gran Fondo is starting and ending at Granary Road is a clear indication of the importance of cyclists in the area — they are bringing friends and families to a gorgeous part of Alberta where, hopefully, their green sport will leave a little green with the local economy.
Cyclists and drivers have had to get along since Schwinn graduated from a tricycle.
All that is needed is a little common sense — safety is a two-way street.
There are few sections in Foothills County where two cyclists can ride side by side.
Bonding is great, but save it for when having a sandwich and a cool one at a Foothills eatery — everyone will appreciate it.
As for drivers, if you are suddenly startled by a cyclist or two, there is a chance you may be going a tad too fast.
Slow down, you gotta make the morning last.
Cyclists are welcomed in the Foothills — who is against exercise among friends?
Let’s just hope the wheels don’t fall off in regards to safety as the season goes on.