Require license, and insurance

I read with interest the Sunday letter regarding cyclists. I was pulling into an ARCO station recently and about 20 bikes took up the whole driveway and looked at me as if I were in their way. Where does it stop? I walk my dog every morning and night and so far have had several near misses and been knocked down twice. I can understand children riding on the sidewalk, but as I understand it the curb lane is the bike lane. Forth Avenue West and 112th Street SW both have bike lanes but are hardly ever used.

I agree with the writer that any bicycles sold should 1. be issued a license and a book detailing the bike laws. 2. Licenses should be renewed every year. 3. The state should come up with a law requiring insurance. I have to pay for the privilege of driving on the road. My tax dollars go for the maintained of the roads I use and I see no reason bicyclist cannot contribute. My son rides a motorcycle and he has to pay for that privilege.

Most of the cyclists I have come across are arrogant and couldn’t care less if they almost run over you. Where I come from, if the police saw you riding on the sidewalk, they would make you get off and walk or they would make you use the curb. That was your lane. I did not come from a small town. The police do not have to become bike cops, if they see an infraction they can correct it, they don’t have to patrol just for cyclists.

This letter will most likely not be printed as it is short, to the point and not politically interesting.

When people start thinking of the whole population and not just one segment, things might get a little better in this town.

Sylvester Wilson


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