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February 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

3-foot buffer for bicyclists

A vengeful takeover

Disgraceful invaders, also known as the “critical mass bikers” who litter our streets, are surely twiddling their wobbly behinds in delight with the proposed 3-foot law as a precursor to complete road takeover [“To pass a bicyclist, bill calls for 3-foot clearance,” Local News, Feb. 17]. They already act as if they alone should be on the roads.

But irresponsible activism endangers everyone’s safety; they are out of control, not acting as lawful bikers sharing the road. Olympia aids and abets them, foisting new bad laws at us faster than the speed of light. We poor souls are suffering the byproduct of one-sided government in this state.

We, who drive on roads built for cars, had better get the message: Move out of the way folks, bikers are taking over with a vengeance.

When a biker gets hurt it’s automatically assumed the bike rider is merrily obeying traffic laws, not zipping in and out of cars and up and down sidewalks, running lights and hanging U-turns in front of moving cars like I see. This happens often, yet car drivers are always the ones vilified.

I enjoy riding a bike, but I am opposed to the creation of a free-for-all for bikers and war on lawful drivers.

— Elaine Solberg, Shoreline

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