Letters to the Editor

Keep an eye out for bicyclists

This is your friendly, environmentally conscious cyclist asking motorists to please:

Remember there is no such thing as a fender bender between you and a cyclist;

I will bend or break!

Look both directions before leaving a driveway, driving over the sidewalk or making right turns.

You do not give school-aged children dirty looks for crossing the street while you wait to turn right; why do I get one?

Sometimes I must start out on the "wrong" side of the street until I find safe crossing; that does not make me a lunatic or irresponsible.

It is illegal for me to ride on sidewalks in most cities; I have to be in your street.

A slap on the behind at 35 mph is not flirting; it is dangerous and an assault.

Look in your mirror before you open your car door on the street side; an open door can kill or seriously injure me.

Also: Do not dump trash under piles of leaves. Sharp objects hurt us when we are forced to ride through gutters. Forcing riders into deep puddles is not nice, either.

KATHY CRAWFORD

Modesto

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