The League of Young Voters

Open Letter to All Cyclists – by Hilary Frenkel
September 4, 2009, 2:42 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

As someone who works on sustainable transportation issues with the League, I am all about cyclists’ rights. Since moving to Portland a year ago, I have started bike commuting and driving my car less. I feel that cyclists have just as much right to be on the road as motorists, and they should be given the same respect. Some cyclists are biking due to financial necessity, while others are simply choosing to be more environmentally friendly or friendlier to their bodies. Motorists should learn to share the road with these people and acknowledge their rights.

That being said, if we cyclists want the respect of motorists, we too need to follow the rules of the road. In the past week I have seen at least three cyclists blatantly running red lights. And I’m not talking about stopping at the light to make sure there was no oncoming traffic, and then proceeding with caution. No – I am talking about riding on Park Avenue through a red light at the super busy Deering intersection, without even looking to see if there are oncoming cars, and almost causing a major accident.

Riding like this is irresponsible and unsafe! It creates a hostile relationship between motorists and cyclists.  Those of us who actually follow the road rules end up getting lumped into a category of disrespectful cyclists by some motorists, making it difficult for us to ride safely on the roads.

So please, I ask of you, for your own safety, the safety of those around you, and for your fellow cyclists who are trying to make the roads safer for us all to ride… please, follow the rules of the road and be responsible!


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Good points! I fully agree.

Comment by Corey Templeton

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