Re “Cyclists don’t obey traffic laws” (Letters, Sept. 24): What bearing does someone else’s obedience of the traffic laws have on whether or not you will extend courtesy on the road? I ride a bicycle, sometimes in downtown traffic, and I can say with all certainty that even when we’re obeying laws (which our group does), many drivers cut things pretty close when passing, or ignore us completely, nearly hitting us. Or, as in the case of another rider in our group last week, actually hitting us.
So yes, extend more courtesy to those around you, whether on two wheels or four. Shake your head and/or your fist when others do not return the favor, but remember the only behavior you can control is your own. If a cyclist is hit because they’re being inconsiderate or ignorant of their surroundings, you can ensure it won’t be your fault through your own driving habits.
Christopher Dow, Oakdale