Letter to the editor: Responsible cycling
To the editor:
My vehicle has been hit twice by bicyclists, resulting in hit and run reports to police. I have had a bicyclist turn across my vehicle’s path without looking. I have called in reports about bicyclists in no-bike zones in construction areas with no help from the police. I have seen and talked to a policeman when a bicyclist rode through a stop sign as the police car was stopped. I got a dirty look, with no feedback, when I reported it to the police department. I do not want to be responsible for hurting or killing anyone and wish bike riders felt the same. Most riders are good drivers. Most car drivers are hazardous.
I am not a lifelong resident of Lawrence, and I support the police officers. I think we need more police and responsible bike/car riders because school education will not cure irresponsible adult actions, as bikes are treated as vehicles under the law. The bikers should have insurance, renewable license and testing, just as truck and car people are, before being assigned the responsibility as a driver.
We all share a road that is designed for transportation, not recreation. I used to be a bike rider in Germany and refuse to battle drunks, speeders and irate people in America. As a truck driver in Germany, I shared the same roads with cows, cars, trucks and tanks!
We need someone to teach responsibility and enforce all laws when dealing with all vehicles (with a dash of common sense).