Re “Bike riders should correct bad manners” (Dan Walters column, Opinions, Sept. 17): Well thanks for lumping all bicyclists together. That approach is utterly unacceptable in discussing diverse groups. I will agree that some cyclists act as pedestrians, some as vehicles and some as random scofflaws. Given that at least some cyclists act as vehicles we need to respect them as vehicles and give them the added protections needed in the modern world of traffic. Meanwhile a child on a bike path or sidewalk can hardly be treated the same way.
It is pretty obvious that bicycles are used in a myriad of ways, transport, sport, play and can-collecting, to name a few. Can we not recognize this and handle them in different ways? The cyclist in the road needs to follow traffic laws and be given respect. Tickets for riding on the wrong side! Cyclists on the sidewalk need to ride slowly and use pedestrian rules when crossing intersections. Children in parks need to be given room to play.
Bicycles are a great way to travel, commute, play and recreate while at the same time reducing congestion and pollution and staying healthy.
And by the way, if you want us cyclists to contribute our share to the community needs of infrastructure, pollution control and health, then we owe you about a nickel.
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Adrian Crane, Modesto