Archive for Friday, September 30, 2005

Basic stuff

September 30, 2005


To the editor:

Cindy Westerhouse's tirade against bicyclists on county roads has compelled me to write my first letter to the editor. Her letter warrants a response on several points.

To begin with, the city's concern for cell phone use has nothing to do with bicycle traffic on county roads. City government has no jurisdiction in the county. Pretty basic stuff from civics class there.

If she feels that bicycle traffic is putting her in danger, she should reduce her speed in accordance with the traffic conditions. That's what the law says she should do. Slow down, Ms. Westerhouse.

It's that simple! It's not all about you and your agenda just because you are in a car. Sometimes in traffic, and in life, it's beneficial to slow down, take a deep breath and relax a little. Bicycles are allowed on county roads because they are our roads as much as they are yours. Kansas law gives us the right to be there.

And finally, Ms. Westerhouse says she hates those signs encouraging her to share the road. We are all taught from early childhood to share. That's how we get along in life with our fellow human beings. It's not a bad idea. So, I would say to my fellow cyclists, if you're out there riding and a car comes along, go ahead and "share the road" by moving over to the right side. After all, it might be Ms. Westerhouse coming and, unlike you, she has important places to go!

Fred Mersmann,



Grammaton 12 years, 6 months ago

While I agree that motorists should be more accomodating to bycyclists, there are some bycyclists who need to remember that per KDOT, they are operating a vehicle and are subject to traffic laws.

Last night, at the intersection of Tennessee and Mass, a PT cruiser (after the light turned green) almost hit a bicyclist because she had run the red light. The driver honked, and the bicyclist flipped the driver off.

Since when did people become so stupid?

Stop at stop signs and red lights. Signal when turning. This is for everyone's safety.

hops on bike to go to work

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 6 months ago

All good advice, but it's advice that is equally applicable to car drivers, who far outnumber bike-riders in numbers, numbers of infractions, and mass, meaning they present infinitely greater danger to others.

Todd 12 years, 6 months ago

Ummm... Tennessee and Mass streets don't intersect. I've seen the event you describe a couple times at Tenn/Kentucky and 19th street. But what do you expect being close to a high school. Teenagers are invincible don't you know? Do you best to watch out for them and drive slow in that area. A friend of mind was on Ohio & 19th by the park completely stopped at night once then BAM a bike rider ran straight into the car. (They were at the stop for more than a couple seconds) They were driving a black car and the bike did have a light.

Grammaton 12 years, 6 months ago

Whoops. My head isn't on straight -- I'm a bit sick and sort of delerious.

The event I posted about earlier was at Tennessee and 9th. smacks himself

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