Letter: Change riding rules so cyclists face traffic?
Original post made on Jul 10, 2007
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on Jul 10, 2007 at 12:31 pm
First off, if you believe that Mr. Smith made a U-Turn at the top of Sandhill Rd. you probably believe that mosquitos spread AIDS. It seems that the County Sherrif's Department made up the cause of Mr. Smith's death. It has been that department's M.O. for years to find any way it can to blame the cyclist and let the driver off the hook. Mr. Smith was hit while riding in the shoulder area that was marked by a solid white line. The bicycle skid marks showed that Mr. Smith was hit and shoved violently forward within the shoulder area.
Secondly, if you think bicycle riding on the left side of a road is wise, I suggest you try it on Westridge from Alpine over the hill to Portola Rd. and back. My guess is that if an auto was traveling down Westridge to Alpine, you wouldn't live past the first left curve.
D.O.A. for Ron Wilson. There's a reason that the DMV rule is that in the USA, we all (drivers and cyclists) stay to the right.
You may think you have a better idea but, I'd say it is counter intuitive, silly and dangerous. When the Almanac prints wacky thoughts like yours, a disclaimer stating the danger and illegality of your suggestion should be added by the editor. I hope No One takes you seriously.
on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:38 pm
Judging by Mr. Wilson's letter and his prior statements about the wisdom of cyclists' riding against traffic, I believe that he is sincerely concerned about this issue and believes in this position. I happen to strongly disagree with his position.
It also appears that Brielle is sincerely concerned about cyclist safety. But why anyone has to deride someone else for his ideas ("wacky thoughts like yours") is beyond me. Do you think, Brielle, that others can't analyze and come to reasonable conclusions about unconventional ideas? Do you really think the Almanac must assume the "Father Knows Best" role and protect those who read these posts from **dangerous** ideas? Do you think we are simpletons? Please, Brielle, show some respect for the intelligence of others. Don't insult us.
By the way, Brielle, did you go out and inspect the accident site? If you or anyone else has evidence that the sheriff's department is fabricating the story of what really happened on that tragic day, please state the evidence. These accusations with no supporting evidence don't do anyone any good. My mind's not made up. Tell us what you know.
on Jul 12, 2007 at 1:11 am
The California Highway Patrol, not the Sheriff's Office, investigated the Rodney Smith fatality. Here is the link to the story on the CHP's conclusions: Web Link