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Letter of the Day: Suing bicylists

  • 11/20/2011: A1: [originally identified incorrectly as the Red Peloton cycling club, Correction added November 22, 2011]

    PC: Mike Charleton, right, leads members of the Santa Rosa cycling club down Dry Creek road on their way to Lake Sonoma as a motorist makes room for the Windsor group. Charleton has been racing bikes for 30 years and sees the conflict between drivers and riders from both perspectives.

<b>Suing bicyclists</b>

EDITOR: The proposed ordinance to protect pedestrians and cyclists has much merit ("Group seeks county laws protecting bicyclists," Saturday). The problem is, it doesn't go far enough. Provisions need to be added so that pedestrians and drivers can also sue cyclists.

Yes, just like a small number of drivers are at fault, so are an equal number of cyclists. The most egregious often wear the team jersey of a local club. In a large group riding two abreast on the creek path, they will buzz a walker from behind with no warning. They do not completely stop when required, make illegal turns and more as they see fit.

Last week, I passed a very competent cyclist peddling as he was texting with both hands. This is called reckless driving and should be punished, and his bike should be impounded.

It's about time we make bike registration mandatory, even if only $10. Bikes should display a rear license plate so riders can be identified and prosecuted if they violate the law.

And yes, I, too, am an avid cyclist. Fair is fair.

D. DON JOHNSON

Santa Rosa


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