Your Voice: Rules of road apply to bicycles
Jul 12, 2013 | 1304 views | 1 1 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Tonight, there should be one man thanking his lucky stars that he is still alive.

At 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at the intersection of Corral Hollow and Valpico roads, I almost hit a man on his bicycle who ran the stop sign going north. I was trying to make a left on Valpico Road, and I did have my turn signal on and the right of way. I stopped in the intersection after I already had started to go because of that man running the stop sign. He did not even try to stop at all, even when I almost hit him.

Why do people on bicycles do not stop at signals and stop signs? This is not the first time that I have had this problem. But that night, the man had an “I do not care” look. I was more concerned with damage to my car than that man did.

Like I said, this is not the first time I have had problems with people on bicycles. Something does need to be done about this problem before someone gets injured or killed.

Elizabeth Tidd, Tracy
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August 05, 2013
Congrats on reacting quickly and avoiding an injury to the bike rider. I'm sure the damage to your car would have been minor in comparison not to mention your own emotional well being. There really is nothing that can be done to avoid this problem. People do stupid and dangerous things all the time. Another law won't help. Stationing a police officer at every intersection is too costly. We all have to watch out and expect the unexpected. It's just part of driving responsibly. Again....congrats on your good driving!

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