Letters: End the cycle of disobeying traffic laws
Re: ‘Salmoning is safer for cyclists’ (Metro, May 16-18)
Jack Dickenson, the well-meaning (one can only assume) but confused gentleman whose letter to the editor was printed in the paper, has it completely wrong, and obviously is not a bicyclist, as I have been for many years, in New York and cities around the globe. First of all, bicycles are a part of legal vehicular traffic and are required to obey ALL traffic laws, including going the right way on a one way street or in any traffic lane. IT’S THE LAW, not a personal option! They are also required to stop for red lights and stop signs and yield to pedestrians.Riding any vehicle against traffic only makes the situation more dangerous for all concerned, especially pedestrians and other cyclists. It is lunacy to think otherwise, and it’s selfish and pig-headed to operate your machine in such a manner.I applaud the officers who were doing their jobs and enforcing the law. I’d like to see it happen more often, along with enforcing the 30 mph speed limit.Mr. Alec Baldwin continues to amuse the populace with his follies, sometimes by design and sometimes by happenstance. It seems he and Mr. Dickenson need a reality check. I encourage them both to educate themselves and become respectful, law-abiding citizens.
John J. Kelly, via email
This morning I read a letter from Jack Dickenson insisting that it’s safer to ride a bicycle against traffic than with it. He went as far as to as ask if you would rather have your enemy behind or in front of you. His passionate ignorance is exactly why so many people die riding bikes every year. Cars aren’t the enemy. It’s a cyclist’s responsibility to follow traffic rules so that motorized vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles can share the road safely.
Kacy Knight, via email