Cyclists and Car Drivers Both Need to Exercise Better Judgment

RECEIVED Wed., May 21, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Re: Michael Bluejay's letter [“Postmarks” online, May 19]: I have nothing but sympathy for what you have gone through in your life regarding your cycle-to-car accidents; however, doesn't it only prove my initial point about cyclists needing to exercise better judgment as to where they wish to cycle and that they also need to adhere to the traffic laws? I'm not blind to motorists breaking the traffic laws, and I am not blind to the statistics. It is why I wrote in [“Postmarks,” May 16] what I did after I saw what I saw and what I have constantly seen around Austin. That cyclist did not "walk" through a stoplight; he rode right on through it when the other cyclists at that stoplight stayed put. So if you knowledgeable and aware cyclists know how dangerous it is for you out there, then maybe some of you need to think before you decide to take your, and I emphasize, recreational sport out into traffic. When you do get out there, you need to at least show the level of common sense that reflects your awareness and knowledge of the motorists and motorists who break traffic laws. I give cyclists the right-of-way; I slow down when I see them on the road; I give them every courtesy. Traffic laws are inconvenient for motorists and cyclists, I know. But they work, and yes people break them, and they always will; they will also reap the consequences of doing it.
Jason Bratcher
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