I wanted to chime in, in support of what Elizabeth Tidd wrote in her letter on July 12 regarding bicyclists. I was returning home this morning down Lincoln Boulevard at Lowell Avenue, with a fully green light, and a lady was also walking on her white pedestrian light. Coming directly perpendicular and fully running a red light were two bicyclists.
I had to raise my eyebrows over the irony that they were wearing helmets in case they got run into by my car, which had the right of way. That’s not to mention the woman walking across, who was 5 to 10 feet from them. It’s just amazing how bike riders think they are immune to the rules of the road here in Tracy.
Part of our issues here are the drivers, though. I was trying to encourage one young guy going to school a couple of months ago waiting to cross Lincoln with his bike. He had the legal right of way to walk his bike out to cross the road. He had plenty of time, so I started crossing and I’m going somewhat slowly; and this car comes out of nowhere, zooming down Lincoln. This driver wasn’t even bothered by the fact that he was flagrantly, illegally not letting the kid cross. And I was looking at that driver — as I was in his trajectory — with an ingenuous look, saying, “Wow! I’m sure they see me right in front of them, but they’re barreling down the road.” The care was nowhere near the intersection when I started out.
So it’s both the drivers and the bicyclists needing to be more wary of the rules of the road. In fact, I’ve had the “bejeebers” nearly scared right out of me on a few recent occasions while driving defensively.
Maybe it’s that my car is green and blends into the environment, but our clueless drivers and bicyclists need to follow the rules of the road like the rest of us.
Deborah Littleton, Tracy