I must take exception and comment on the commentary by Christopher M. Craig on finding equilibrium between bicycles and cars [Dec. 9 ]. I am one of those people who will continue to blow my horn and shout at cyclists ignoring the rules of the road that they, like other vehicles, are supposed to follow. Mr. Craig admits in his column that he will pass other vehicles who are stopped at traffic lights to get to the front of the line. Stay in your place in line and wait like the rest of us are doing or expect to get blown at and cursed at. He also admits to running through stop signs, thereby endangering all of us; again expect to get blown at and cursed at.
If you are riding a vehicle on N.C. streets, follow the laws or get off the road, whether you are riding a bicycle, driving a car, riding a long board or a unicycle.
He also admits to taking to the sidewalks, thereby endangering the pedestrians who are following the law — unlike this scofflaw, who just wants his own way.
I am more than happy to see him on his bicycle, following the same laws that we, in our much bigger vehicles, also have to follow. … Yes, more bike paths and bike lanes would be helpful, but that doesn't give Mr. Scofflaw the right to violate these traffic laws, and he needs to work peacefully toward getting these paths and lanes funded.
So, I shall continue to blow my horn and to curse at you and others who like to think that you are helping prevent global warming by bicycling and want to have your own way by violating the rules of the road to suit yourselves. Ride your bike all you want, but follow the laws and rules of the road or get the hell off my road. (Yes, my road, since cars and trucks pay the highway taxes and bicycles do not.)
— Craig Whitehead