Your Views Wednesday, April 10
A motorist’s concerns about bicycles, safety
It’s great that the number of people riding bicycles is on the increase. However, on behalf of all people driving cars in Oklahoma City, I feel it’s important to point out a few facts:
The roads were constructed for cars. I get concerned when one of our new city council members, JoBeth Hamon, is quoted as saying, “We must work to prioritize streets for people.” No, the streets are for cars.
A bicycle weighs 30 pounds. Cars can weigh up to 6,000 pounds. If a person on a bicycle decides to interact with motor vehicles, please understand the extreme size differential, and take appropriate precautions.
Bicycles are considered vehicles, and as such must abide by all traffic laws codified in the Oklahoma City Municipal Code. These include riding with traffic, and coming to a full and complete stop at all stop signs and red lights. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen these two laws flouted and ignored.
As Steve Lackmeyer pointed out March 23, we need infrastructure changes to improve conditions for bicyclists. But we also need to educate people who venture onto city streets about laws and safety. I am very concerned that a minority of bicyclists will push through an agenda that is harmful to the city and to motorists. We need to keep in mind the rights of all the citizens of Oklahoma City, and not swing the pendulum too far the other way.
Michael J. Milligan, Oklahoma City
A reminder to be alert behind the wheel
The 2019 automobile issue of Consumer Reports rates Oklahoma City as the No. 3 most deadly city for pedestrians. Weak street lighting, not enough crosswalks and higher-than-necessary speed limits were reasons cited. Recently we were reminded about these conditions when a well-known local chef lost his life late at night on Classen Boulevard while bicycling home from work. Now is the time, more than ever, for drivers to be alert when behind the wheel.
Stephen C. Hall, Piedmont
Some perspective needed on Biden brouhaha
I'm sick of all the Joe Biden brouhaha. Do we want a president who is happy to be quite close, very publicly, with the hundreds of men and women he encounters, or one who denigrates, irritates and viciously attacks most of the people he associates with? One who pays thousands of dollars to attractive women, attempting to hide his illegitimate affairs with them? A politician who kisses the top of a woman's head, or one who brags about feeling comfortable grabbing a woman by her private parts? Get some perspective.
Bert Rackett, Oklahoma City