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Mon, Oct. 14

Letter: Making Miller Valley Road 3-lanes is absurd


Can someone tell me what government officials are smoking these days? The idea of squeezing a segment of Miller Valley Road and Grove to three lanes to accommodate bike paths is beyond absurd.

That entire street - from Gurley to Iron Springs - is already congested. And now they want to cut through-lanes along part of Miller Valley and Grove by 50 percent?

But even more aggravating are the complaints by bicyclists who have spurred this bizarre concept. True, motorists don't always observe cyclists' right to the road. But most motorists don't just breeze through red lights and stop signs, make middle-of-the-road U-turns without signaling or even looking, drive on the sidewalk, drive at dawn or dusk or night without headlights or tail lights, weave in and out of traffic lanes, drive two or three across, or drive on the wrong side of the street. Too many bicyclers do and often.

Before we start fiddling with transportation routes to accommodate bicyclers and thereby further constrain our streets for motorists, how about we start enforcing the rules of the road for everyone who uses those roads? I have never seen even once a police officer writing up a cyclist for any kind of traffic law violation.

If bicyclers would obey the laws that motor vehicle operators have to obey - and then suffer the legal consequences (e.g., ticket, fine) - bicycle vs. car accidents, injuries and deaths would drop dramatically, if only because bicyclers would be on notice to operate their vehicles as if they were driving a car and not a toy.

So too would drop the antipathy many motorists feel toward bicyclists, especially those cyclists whose reckless behaviors repeatedly endanger motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians and themselves.

Michael C. Westlund


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