Irresponsible Cyclists Becoming a Dilemma Nationwide
Is It Bad in Your City Too?
This letter recently appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times. We're starting to see more and more reports of cyclists throughout the country riding crazily without even considering the rules of the road.
"What of the driver who, when about to legally turn right on red, after dutifully and carefully checking his/her rear and side-view mirrors for the dreaded cyclists, suffers a near heart attack? Why? Because in that split second after one's foot comes off the car brake, a non-traffic-light-abiding bicyclist has heedlessly whizzed into the narrow space between auto and curb, obviously never intending to stop at any pesky red light. That cyclist then shoots straight through the intersection -- of course not checking that cars or pedestrians in his/her path have seen the approaching bike -- and proceeds at high speed, a near- collision only barely avoided by one or more drivers' excellent reflexes. Why is it that media coverage of bike-path expansion never touches on the dire safety threat posed by bicyclists who scorn the "inconvenience" of laws that are supposed to apply to them? These laws, if observed (and they very rarely are), would require bikes to halt at stop signs, be guided by traffic signals and yield to pedestrians. To me, the nightmare of even more irresponsible and reckless bike riders swarming the streets of the city/suburbs means only an infinite number of such heart-stopping moments. Or worse, one day lightning-quick reflexes may not be enough to avert tragedy." -- Janet Garcia, Highland Park
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