Letters to the Editor

Saturday, Sep 03 2011 11:02 PM

Why not let cyclists use sidewalk?

By The Bakersfield Californian

Robert Price's Aug. 28 column, "Tweaking our too-snug car-bike interface," was written, I believe, from the view of a cyclist. I believe Price is a frequent cyclist on the streets of Bakersfield. The 3-foot buffer for a cyclist is a great idea. However, there are dangers for all involved.

I've seen some pretty scary situations between bikers and cars on Calloway Drive. To give the bikers an extra 3 feet means the automobile driver will need to move over to the left a few feet. Problem there is drivers in the next lane frequently cannot see the biker and wonder why in the world that "idiot" is moving over into his or her lane or driving so blasted slow. It's a problem. I don't know if SB 910 will solve the problem. I know if I were a cyclist, I'd rather ride on the sidewalk and dodge 170-pound pedestrians than on the street and dodge 2-ton automobiles.

Common sense is not all that common. Why not the sidewalk?

Caroline O. Reid

Bakersfield

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