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Letter: Bicyclists, pedestrians need to follow rules, too

Bicyclists, pedestrians need to follow rules, too

A recent letter writer wondered what happened to motorists with common sense and courtesy for bicyclists. I wonder the same about bicyclists and pedestrians. We all need to be aware of each other, not just motorists. I see the same “ignorance” from bicyclists and pedestrians. Yes, bicyclists have the same rights as automobiles, maybe more, but that doesn’t mean they can be ignorant and rude.

Every day, I see cyclists and pedestrians not stopping at red lights or stop signs, weaving in and out of traffic, crossing against the light, wearing dark clothing at night and not paying attention to where they are going.

Why bother with lights and crosswalk signs and signals? They are not obeyed. Pedestrians walk when there is a hand sign lit up (and take their sweet time about it, too). A lit hand sign does not mean walk or cross! I never see police handing out tickets to these folks.

The writer has many stories of reckless drivers. Well, we all have stories of reckless bicyclists and pedestrians. I almost hit a cyclist on a 45 mph road because he was weaving in and out of the bike lane while playing with a cellphone attached to the handlebars. Motorists were slamming on their brakes and driving in the opposite lane to avoid this ignorant, rude cyclist.

I think that if there is a sidewalk, pedestrians should use it; that’s what it is there for. Otherwise they should get tickets. I have a great idea. I’d like to see police ticketing jaywalkers and reckless cyclists for a change. Everybody wants equal rights for everything today. How about cyclists paying registration fees, plate fees and inspection fees every year to be sure their transportation is safe? Better yet, if you want to ride on the road, it should be mandatory to carry an insurance policy.

Tanya Warren

Buffalo

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