Comment 10744

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted August 07, 2007 at 08:38:42

Robert Coxe Said: "For drivers, it is scariest when approaching other vehicles and cyclists at the same time."

The simplest way to ease this fear is to slow down until it is safe to pass (either the car or the cyclist), and then pass safely and widely. It is only scary if you try to negotiate the tight squeeze while trying to maintain your original speed.

Robert Coxe Said: "Yes, we need to be able to use alternate transportation methods for a lot of different reasons, but we need to use common sense as to how much and in how many areas."

Common sense is to allow and encourage alternative transportation methods as much as possible and in all areas. Alternative methods need to be not only allowed -- but promoted -- in every square inch of the city that cars are currently permitted. Placing restrictions on bike, pedestrian and transit is equivalent to demoting these from "transportation methods" to mere "hobbies".

Sandra Martin Said:

I see so many cyclists breaking the laws.

I have seen cyclists riding on the wrong sides of the streets, going through red lights and riding on sidewalks.

I saw one lady talking on a cellphone while riding her bike, paying no attention to what was going on around her.

One area that is bad for cyclists breaking the law is Kenilworth Avenue North, where there are many heavy equipment vehicles. If a cyclist gets run over by a coil carrier they won't have a chance.

I almost hit the same cyclist two days in a row at the same intersection as both times he went through a red light.

People like this are accidents waiting to happen.

Only once in the past year have I seen a cyclist use the proper arm signals. I felt like stopping and congratulating the person on using proper safety procedures on the roads. The stoplights and stop signs are there for their protection.

I see so many motorists breaking the laws.

I have seen motorists speeding on every single street in the city, rolling through stop signs, going through red lights, changing lanes without looking, opening their doors into the path of oncoming traffic, tailgating every car they drive behind and not signalling turns.

I see dozens of people daily talking on a cellphone while driving their car, paying no attention to what was going on around them.

One area that is bad for drivers breaking the law is Kenilworth Avenue North, where there are many heavy equipment vehicles. If a motorist gets hit by a coil carrier they won't have a chance.

I almost get hit on my bike every day by inattentive motorists who refuse to share the road with me.

People like this are accidents waiting to happen.

Only once in the past year have I seen a driver come to a complete stop at a stop sign. I felt like stopping and congratulating the person on using proper safety procedures on the roads. The stoplights and stop signs are there for their protection.

If we are going to make assumptions based on individual examples, we need to be fair about it. Lawbreaking drivers FAR outnumber lawbreaking cyclists, and each time a driver does something dangerous it puts others at a much greater risk than when a cyclist does.

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