To the editor:
Henry Johns' "Rules of the road" (Journal-World, Oct. 1) really hit on the problem.
On roads with no shoulders - County Road 458, etc. - bicyclists ride two or three across or one down the middle of the road. Then, when you finally do get around them, you come to a stop sign. They do not stop. Then you have to go through getting around them again. It's like they think it's a funny game. Not funny.
Last Thursday, I was going into Target. I was in the crosswalk, with stop signs. The cars stopped. A student on a bike was coming. We made eye contact, then he turned away and sped up. If I hadn't stopped he would have hit me.
I want to see them have to buy license plates, pay personal property taxes on the bicycle, obtain an operator's license and at least liability insurance. Then, and only then, will they really have the right to share our roads. I'm not asking anything of them that we don't have to do. Then we could identify them, and insurance companies could pay when the bicyclists hurt someone. It's impossible now and they know it. Maybe then they would have a little respect for others.
You can tell the ones who are on bikes for transportation; they're the good ones.
The exercise ones should use the beautiful, smooth bike trails that the taxpayers paid for and they don't even have to share.
Hey, may I drive my car on those nice trails?