Letter: Anti-bicyclist editorial was irresponsible
I am appalled at your April 13 editorial opposing safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers of motor vehicles, and implying that I am both an elitist and an idiot for thinking I have a right and a reason to bicycle on Sixth Street.
Would you really have me stop patronizing businesses on this street just because I don't want to drive a car to them? I do not choose to own a car, because I can walk or bicycle nearly everywhere I need to go around town, and I drive a company car on the job when necessary. Although I am by no means a "serious" bicyclist, preferring to hike for fun rather than bicycle, I do use my bicycle for transportation.
I strongly favor re-striping Sixth Street to include a center turn lane and bicycle lanes on both sides. I often drive this street as a connector between my job at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and various places I visit on the job.
I have seen many near-accidents because of people turning left from the regular traffic lane and nearly getting rear-ended by inattentive drivers. I also bicycle or walk along Sixth Street and object to the Courier's insinuation that I have no right to do so, especially when the main entrance to Granite Creek Park is on this street.
Since the street has no sidewalks for most of its length, and areas where the only place to walk is in the street, it would be much safer for pedestrians as well as bicyclists to have bike lanes.
Additionally, given the issues of global warming, rising gas prices, the current economy, and the epidemic of obesity, you should encourage rather than discourage the use of bicycles.