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May 31, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Bike safety

Cyclists should be street-smart before sharing the road

Though I understand bicyclists’ so-called right to be on the road with traffic, what I fail to understand is riders’ lack of a sense of street smarts. [“Bikers go online to map way to safety,” NWThursday, May 28].

It’s a folly to assume every motorist is sober, straight, paying attention, playing by the rules and cares about others. Sorry to rain on your parade, folks, but there are a lot of crazed and careless motorists out there. Every time you share the road, you put your life in peril. Why would you do that?

When you factor in the careless lane-cutting and light-running of bicycle riders, it’s a recipe for disaster and instant death.

Bike riders need to rely on street smarts and not the government and often-ignored street signs to protect you.

— Robert Hoyden, Renton

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