Everett E. Dodd Jr.: Bike riders must follow rules

November 18, 2013 

I ride a bike. I drive a car. I rarely “drive” my bike on streets, but when I do I obey traffic rules.

When in my car, I do not begrudge slower speeds when encountering a cyclist. What I do begrudge is cyclists who, while claiming the protection of traffic laws, abuse the same. Like the one who blew through a stop sign in front of me a few days ago. Or the guy on Lassiter Mill Road last week riding his bike in a car lane where a bicycle lane was prominently present. Or the one I recognized as an employee of a local bike shop passing me on the right at a light when I was signaling for a right turn. I saw him, fortunately, from the corner of my eye despite the darkness thus avoiding the likely result of a dead or injured bike rider.

The laws are there for the benefit of all of us. Car or bike, obey them or get off the road.

Everett E. Dodd Jr.

Raleigh

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