Share the Road, on 4 Wheels or 2

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By Robert Thomson
Sunday, April 29, 2007

Travelers are as likely to hold each other accountable for traffic problems as they are to blame traffic engineers. When you read these next two letters, you'll be tempted to take sides. My hope is that you will take them as reminders that we need to look out for each other, just as the writers intended.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

It seems that a vast majority of cyclists do not feel that traffic laws apply to them. While I strongly agree that drivers should share the roads and be cognizant of cyclists around them, I also feel that cyclists should follow the same rules that drivers follow when sharing roads designed for cars.

Too often, I see bikers go to the front of intersections by snaking through cars. Often times, I see cyclists go through intersections on a red light or make a right turn where a right on red is not allowed.

This applies to what I have seen from suburban recreational cyclists and does not include the abhorrent behavior I routinely witness from downtown bicycle couriers.

Matt Hirt

Bethesda


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