Letter: Biker alert: You ride the roads, but you don’t own them

Editor:

Dear Bikers...

Unlike many motorists, I pay extra-careful attention to you when I’m driving. But too many of you don’t pay attention to me, O.K.?

News alert here: You ride the roads, but you don’t own them.

So when an endless onslaught of you speeds around round-abouts, cruises through stop signs, blasts your pipes to 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, weaves back and forth across lanes, rides two or three bikes wide in a lane, and otherwise ignores the traffic laws and other motorists, no wonder that car drivers tend to view you as nettlesome and irritatingly noisy gnats.

Moments ago, I came to a 4-way stop, only to have nearly a dozen of you just vroooom through the intersection while I and other drivers waited.

Sure, all of you aren’t guilty of such frequent automotive misbehavior. But enough of you are to make the rest of us resentful of your inconsiderate and potentially dangerous biking.

If you want us to respect you, start by respecting us.

Michael C. Westlund

Clarkdale

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MrZ 11 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for speaking up! I totally agree. Also see them riding on or inches from double yellow, and passing in no passing zones, far exceeding the speed limit. It is not surprising that there are so many motorcycle accidents, but it almost always is blamed on other drivers. Loud pipes don't save lives, safe driving does.

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Pfalbo 11 months, 1 week ago

Oh, and please turn off your stupid bright lights you use to be noticed.

If you're that scared of not being seen, get off the road.

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MrZ 11 months ago

I totally agree with this letter, and have seen many of the examples he cites. It is especially dangerous when bikes are riding on or over the double yellow line, and passing in no passing zones, which I've also seen too many times. Being excessively loud won't save your life if you're ignoring traffic laws.

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