Motorists, bicyclists should share the road
By Bruce N. Shulman
Unlike Bruce D. Levitt [letters, May 27] and apparently other cyclists who wish to limit access by motorists to some roads, I believe motorists and bicyclists can coexist if all obey the law and go out of their way to recognize the presence of others. I wonder how Mr. Levitt would respond if anyone suggested that cyclists be limited exclusively to the bike lanes that are increasingly available to them.
Unlike some, I applaud the recent placement by the D.C. government of a dedicated bike lane on 15th Street NW. This lane has reduced, but not totally eliminated, the dangerous mixing of cars and bikes on nearby roads, including 16th Street. Nevertheless, I continue to witness an incredible number of violations by bicyclists, including but not limited to going through red lights and stop signs, weaving through traffic, and turning from the wrong lane. Worse yet is the failure by many cyclists to have lights or reflectors or wear bright clothing so motorists can see them at dusk and at night.
Perhaps The Post should report how many cyclists were cited by police for violations during the past year. If Mr. Levitt and other cyclists wish to improve an unacceptable situation, they should start by making a minimal effort at obeying the law and recognizing that both cars and bicycles are entitled to use the same streets.
| May 31, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
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