I am responding both to Julie Tisdale’s July 23 Point of View “An unjustifed expense in Raleigh” and to the July 27 letter “Lanes add hassles for bikers.” I am in complete agreement with both views and would like to add that there are many signs for “Bike Lanes” which have no bike lanes, thus endangering the bikers.
There are some signs that encourage bikers in Cary and in Raleigh to ride on a street like N.C. 54 in Cary where the speed limit is 35 or 45 mph but the cars are going much faster.
It seems that Cary and Raleigh have received federal money to be “bicycle friendly,” but are creating danger for bikers by suggesting that roads with signs on them are actually friendly to bikers. In fact, I would be scared to death to ride a bike on any of those roads, and I believe bikers’ lives are being endangered.
I think it is criminal to accept what may be millions of dollars from the federal government to endanger bikers’ lives. All the money should be returned. All the signs and markers engraved on the streets should be removed.
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The only safe way to have bikers on the roads is do what they do in England – create actual barriers between car lanes and bike lanes.