Jim Luippold: Outraged by bicyclist’s disregard of safety in Route 9 riding
To the editor:
I was taken aback reading about the arrogance and stupidity of the bicyclist who has brought a harassment case against the Hadley Police Department. This 36-year-old man, and apparently avid cyclist, must know the rules of the road and one of them is to always keep to the right when in traffic.
The idea that he has challenged this is absurd, considering that if he is allowed to ride in the center of a lane, then all cyclists should have the option to follow suit.
I think area police officers should take a more proactive stance on giving tickets to cyclists who are not obeying the rules of the road. I constantly see cyclists cycling on the wrong side of the road, riding double or triple on back roads, not wearing helmets, cycling at night with no lights or reflectors and not stopping at crosswalks but cycling through intersections without looking.
What with the increased traffic in the area, something needs to be done to educate cyclists on the rules of the road. Apparently a judge had to rule on riding to the right. How sad and what a waste of time for the court system and the Hadley police force.
Bravo to Hadley police officers for enforcing good bicycle safety!