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Share the road a joke

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I find the “Share The Road” signs popping up and the recent marking of certain streets to be a joke.

First, these streets were designed for cars and trucks, not bicycles. Second, those who drive have to pay for license plates and insurance that cost hundreds of dollars per year. They also have to follow the rules of the road or face getting a ticket and paying fines.

My observation is that about 99 percent of those who bicycle these streets do not follow any rules of the road. They run stop signs. They run red lights. They do not signal for turns or any other common courtesy of the road.

If a driver and one of these cyclists gets into an accident, it is the auto driver that is presumed to be at fault, when I think that in most cases that is not true.

If these cyclists want to see some respect, then start following the rules and obey traffic signs and signals and all other requirements of the road.

Also, law enforcement can help by ticketing those who do not follow these signs and rules.

Until these cyclists start following the same rules as drivers, they will never get any respect and may very well get hurt in the process.

Dan McMullen

Crystal Lake

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