2017-09-01 / Letters

Cyclist vs. car debate endures

In response to Todd Nilsen’s Aug. 18 letter, I say, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles maintains that “bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are subject to the same rules and regulations. The “pedestrians always have the right of way” rule does not apply to bicyclists.

Bicycle riders must stop at traffic lights and stop signs, signal their intentions and yield the legal right of way, as do motor vehicles.

The law also states those who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable except when passing, preparing for a left turn, or avoiding hazards.

Todd states, “If your vehicle makes contact with my bike, you will be at fault one way or another; if not financially, your conscience will pay forever.”

Fact is, according to most auto/ bicycle-accident surveys, the cyclist was at fault. Google it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Car vs. bike, bike loses!”

Riders, you might as well be invisible, so ride as if you were. Motorists don’t see you, even with your nifty outfits, those with dazzling colors.

And please, ride single file and obey all traffic laws, because we don’t want to kill you, and you don’t want to be dead.

Bud Hall
Simi Valley

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