Letter to the editor, Aug. 15, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letter to the editor, Aug. 15, 2009

I am writing in regard to the careless, risk-taking bicycle riders who think the roads were made for them and the cars are the intruders. I am truly amazed that there are not more bicycle riders hit by cars and buses at Tahoe, because I experience close calls with bicycle riders on a daily basis here. Bicycle riders dart out across the street in front of me as I am driving on the roads. They dart across in front of me without yielding at intersections as I am rolling forward.

Now I am not against bicycle riding, because my whole family is bicycle riders. Nor am I referring to those who practice good, safe riding techniques. I am referring to those who do not practice good, safe riding techniques, who take dangerous risks with their lives by riding in front of moving cars and buses.

I personally was runover by a drunk driver 34 years ago and was nearly killed. I spent three months in the hospital and underwent two major surgeries. I was unable to eat for a month and a half. I had to learn to walk again and it was a year before I was able to work again. To top it off, I ended up having to file bankruptcy to get out from underneath all the medical bills I incurred from the accident because the driver didn’t have insurance.

My point is, bicycle riders, please please please don’t take unnecessary risks while riding your bicycles. Always yield to all moving vehicles. Make sure a moving vehicle is completely stopped or has time to stop before crossing in front of them. You may have the right of way at a crosswalk, but you better make sure the driver sees you and has time to stop completely before you cross in front of them. Isn’t your life worth it?

Jerry Rice

South Lake Tahoe