I don’t think anything I say will alter letter writer Tom Negrete’s opinion of cycling (“Ban the bikes,” Jan. 8). However, it’s worth a try.
The rules of the road are designed to protect all users, not just motorists. If Mr. Negrete has “come close to hitting these bikes around a few no-view curves” maybe he needs to slow down a bit in those situations. What if the “object” around the curve was his neighbor walking a dog, a jogger or a person pushing a child in a stroller? We all have a responsibility to share our roadways. The 3-foot law was passed in response to bicyclists being hit from behind by motorists, the leading cause of bike-auto crashes.
As far as taxes, recreational and commuter bicyclists are not some free-loading group that invades our county. Cyclists are our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members. They all drive cars and pay their fair share of taxes to maintain our roadways. Visiting cyclists contribute even more to our local economy. They stay in our motels and hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our downtowns. They are an “economic engine” that helps to support the government services we enjoy in San Luis Obispo County.