Regarding the Eugene Andrews Letter "Cyclists have the right-of-way, period" in the Nov. 3 Gazette:
I am trying to save lives. I like bicycles. I wish that there weren't any automobiles.
I don't own a cell phone. We were hit from behind, while stopped at a red light, by a woman on a cell phone, and then she wouldn't even call 9-1-1 for us. We were in my small, economical pickup and that was bad enough.
I am just saying that no matter how many laws are passed to allow insects to play in traffic, it won't matter. The line from the old song "You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd" will always be true.
I quit riding bikes on public streets when they said we need to ride with our backs to oncoming cars and trucks. I have seen too many people lying in the street because of that.
Pedestrians have to walk facing traffic. There is only a minute difference in the force of impact between an automobile hitting a pedestrian and an automobile hitting a bicyclist. At least, the pedestrians have a chance to dodge. If you look at the number of pedestrians who were able to avoid being hit compared to the number of bicyclists who never saw it coming ... ouch.