Timothy Nutter makes some good points early in his letter about bicycle safety (“Bicyclists, Take Lead On Safety,” April 17) in regard to the need for all cyclists to obey traffic rules and act courteously toward others on the road (of course, this advice applies to motorists as well).
However, he drops the ball with his advice to not “make things unnecessarily difficult.” I assume he believes that cyclists on Fifth Street, Eighth Street and Covell Boulevard are somehow inconveniencing motorists. Heaven forbid!
Never mind that according to the California Vehicle Code a bicyclist “has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” And, ignore the fact that Covell and Eighth have bike lanes that tend to invite people on bikes. Perhaps those bike lanes should be turned into vehicle lanes to make travel on those streets even more expedient for motorists.
We cyclists are also advised to “avoid left-hand turn lanes when possible.” Are we supposed to make a left turn from the right lane? Or, perhaps we could be even more motorist-friendly by only making right turns and circumnavigating entire city blocks in a clockwise direction to eventually reach our destinations?
There are many ways that cyclists and motorists can improve the relationship between one another, but suggesting that relegating cyclists to some inferior second-class status is a solution implies a profound misunderstanding of the law, basic traffic safety principles and the needs of bicyclists who are, indeed, legitimate and welcome users of our roads.