This letter by John Fox of Menlo Park was published in the Jan. 24, 2006, issue of the Almanac.
As one of the Menlo Park bicycle commissioners, I want to thank the Almanac for the thoughtful Jan. 10 editorial "Can cyclists, motorists coexist?"
Coexistence, and better mutual understanding, is going to be improved with better knowledge and awareness of what it means to each group to "share the road." I'd like to offer some online material for both cyclists and motorists that may help with shared concerns. I hope this information can inform and lead to better understanding. After all, many of us are in both groups.
Here are some online resources:
Everyone can benefit from reading the DMV's Driver's Handbook about sharing the road, rights of cyclists and responsibilities of motorists. These are the laws under which we all use the road. Web Link
A cyclist's perspective on sharing the road, directed at both motorists and cyclists, can be found at: Web Link
Safety and riding information for cyclists is at: Web Link
An excellent local resource on cycling safety from Richard Swent can be found at: Web Link
Finally, resources for local roadways and bicycle routes and links to local maps and resources from the MTA are at: Web Link
Elder Avenue, Menlo Park