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Reader's view: Bicyclists often disregard traffic rules, safety

I think the police need to crack down more on bicycle riders (" 'They're our streets, too,' " Sept. 2). I can think of at least 20 times this summer I almost hit a bicycle.

I think the police need to crack down more on bicycle riders (" 'They're our streets, too,' " Sept. 2). I can think of at least 20 times this summer I almost hit a bicycle.

They often ride on a single lane next to parked cars, and when I turn in my driveway on the right side from waiting in traffic, I have almost hit a bike about three times. They run down streets and blow right through stop signs but want the same rights as motorists. If a bicyclist is at fault in an accident, are they liable for the accident? Do they have insurance? I do not think so.

I think laws need to be improved and changed. I do not have anything against people riding bikes, but the rules of the road need to be looked at. They tend to ride up on backed-up vehicles and dodge in between, working their way up stop signs where they just keep going, not giving a care about their safety. Someone is going to get killed in Duluth sooner or later if bicycling laws are not fixed or laid down.

I think bicycles need to be licensed and insured just like autos to protect them as well as motorists. And I think we should have a Bike Prevention Week every spring to educate bicyclists and stress the laws.

Bicyclists should stop thinking they are invincible; a ton of steel can hurt them and their families.

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Brad Hellesvig

Duluth

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