Letter: Dangerous practices of cyclists
This letter is not going to be popular and probably borders on violating some politically correct attitudes, but I believe the subject must be aired.
There is a growing traffic problem in the Tri-Cities, which if left unaddressed, is going to cost lives and cause injuries. The problem that I speak to is bicyclists. Because of the increasing quest for better health and beautiful bodies, not to mention the exorbitant cost of gas, more and more people are cycling. The problem is that they are cycling on high-speed roads using the shoulder, marked by a limit line, as a bike lane. The shoulders vary in size and, in many cases cease to be. Cyclists then are in traffic.
Likewise, more and more cyclists take up a position in traffic, usually at intersections controlled by a signal. From what I can gather, all of this is legal in Washington state, but considering the cyclists' vulnerability and the ever-increasing number of distractions that drivers have to cope with, it has become a life/death relationship.
It would be interesting to hear comments on this from motorists, cyclists and law enforcement agencies.
AUGUST J. TROTTMAN, West Richland