Letter: Bicyclists ignore many laws
Friday, April 6, 2012
“What?” was my reaction to The Columbian March 22 story “Police: Rider taken to hospital after running red light” about the bicyclist who hit a car and wasn’t charged or ticketed for running a red light. Why does the law continue to look the other way as the two-wheeled pedal crowd continues to break the law? Or is it legal for them to now run stop signs, rarely use hand signals, and give car drivers the one-digit salute if we honk to get their attention?
If there were one or two officers positioned just along McGillivray we could solve the tolling issue for a new bridge if they wrote tickets to all the laws being broken by the “above it all” bicyclists.
When the weather is better, I also ride a bike to and from work, using hand signals and stopping at stop signs even if there is no traffic. It does seem as though the Spandex-wearing riders are the worst offenders, here on the east side.
Please. for your safety, bicyclists pay attention and follow the law, or at least look more carefully -- as the car that hits you is going to win every time.
Curtis A. Paulson