Ticket Bike Riders

Aug 24, 2016

To the Editor:

By law bike riders are to obey the same laws as if driving a car. Yet all too many choose to ignore, by riding the wrong way against traffic, running red lights and stop and yield signs, riding on sidewalks and often riding two or three abreast, creating problems for traffic and walkers.

If a car driver breaks the law a ticket is issued. It’s time to ticket bike riders. With choice comes responsibility and accountability. There have been enough warnings; ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Once, at the Ship Bottom circle, I saw a biker hit by a car because of the biker’s stupidity. The sight of blood on the ground is something I’ll never forget. Some may argue authorities do not want to offend tourists because of the money they bring to the area. Greed has no place in this; it is about protecting human lives.

Judy Schorr


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jean D Ragone | Aug 25, 2016 08:21

Judy, I couldn't agree with you more. While there are conscientious bike riders out there, they are far outnumbered by those who have a total disregard for the law.  I have waited numerous times to cross the street only to get a green light and have a biker whisk across my path running the red light. This has happened several times in full view of police officers.  The excuses are: 1. Don't want to offend Island visitors (I guess hitting somebody or getting hit isn't offensive or vacation ruining, 2. Hard to ticker somebody who doesn't have idea (then take them or follow them to the police department or their so someone can bring their ID or they can produce it) 3.  It ties up police resources (no more than stopping a care does).


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