I am writing a response to a letter in our local newspaper today. The person brings up some good points about cyclists needing to behave like vehicles to be treated as vehicles & a few other good points.
The general tone of the letter though is very negative.
I want my response to be a positive article discussing how well cyclists & motorists can share the road when they respect each other & behave appropriately... basically I want to balance a very negative article with a more positive one. We are rappidly approaching the time of year when more cyclists (good & bad) will be on the roads.
I'm sure the letter this guy wrote will spur a bunch of similar rants about "those anoying cyclists", so I want my letter to be a well-written response advocating cycling.
I would appreciate any feedback/suggestions for counterpoints to address in my response letter.
---The Letter to the Editor as it appeared in today's paper-----
Cyclists must heed rules to be treated as vehicles
Monday, March 28, 2005
A recent advertisement in The SP proclaimed, "Bikes are vehicles, too!" I don't think so.
If bikes are vehicles, too, where are their lights? Too often we cannot see them at night until we are almost on the riders. To make matters worse, these nincompoops usually dress in dark clothing.
If bikes are vehicles, too, where are their horns? You can't hear them until they are at your side, or worse, up your rear.
If bikes are vehicles, too, where are their licences? If they wish equal treatment, then they must be prepared to pay the dues that all other vehicle owners must pay -- the annual licence fees.
If bikes are vehicles, too, why don't they follow the rules of the road like other drivers do? We see bicyclists weaving in and out of traffic, seemingly oblivious to the oncoming vehicles. Perhaps they just don't care, or are subconsciously suicidal.
If bikes are vehicles, then their owners should be subject to fines for not having the required safety items that other vehicles require before being allowed on the road.
If they are not willing or able to adhere to the rules of the road, then perhaps cyclists should stop thinking of their bikes as vehicles and consider them really as glorified recreational toys.
I will share the road only with bikes that have the required features mentioned above.