And here we go again. Nameless, faceless “others” don't deserve my respect unless they genuflect in the glow of my chrome of my automobile. And The Gazette continues to print factually incorrect letters.
Cyclists under the law are allowed to ride on sidewalks in Montgomery County. Check your facts.
Chris Core [“Cyclists should have manners also,” July 6] also contradicts himself, saying cyclists blow through stop signs and red lights, then complains cyclists crowd to the front to wait for red lights. He wants cyclists he passed to wait behind him, yet he doesn't want to wait behind them if they are using the road. If you can squeeze by them to the left, they can squeeze by you to the right. Try to comply with the law — give 3 feet to pass anyone, if you can't safely pass, then wait for a safe opportunity — cyclists included in that statement.
Mark Scott [“Cyclists need to give respect to get respect,” July 6] complains about the contribution to roads. Got news for you Skippy — those roads are paid for by property taxes and state income taxes, way, way much more than any fuel tax. How much wear and tear on those road surfaces do 20-pound cycles cause versus 2-ton trucks, buses, SUVs, etc.? Cyclists (also known as citizens) pay more than their fair share just to be considered second-class users of the asphalt.
Scott also complains that 20-mph cyclists blow by him, but he wants those 20-mph cyclists to use the shared-use path with pedestrians. Three-mph pedestrians and 20-mph bicycles don't mix well — especially when path users have to go opposite traffic in one direction. If I recall, the speed limit along MacArthur Boulevard is not much above the 20-mph he complains about. Damned if you bike the road, damned if you ride the path or sidewalk. Guess that shows the respect our celebrities and citizens provide to their fellow human beings.
Please ticket everyone who fails to stop at a red light, stop sign or right on red — Route 650 and Norwood Road would be a gold mine in tax revenue — 15 out of 16 cars failed to stop before turning on on red this morning at that intersection while I was waiting at the light. I doubt that intersection is atypical in type-A Montgomery County.
Jon Morrison, Brookeville