Letters to the Editor

Road rules: Not a friendly town to cyclists

Yes, motorists do need to share the road (“Soundoff,” Sept. 27), My major method of transportation is by bicycle. Oak Harbor is not a very bicycle friendly city. Most motorists make right turns without stopping, their attention riveted to the left side never mind anyone crossing the street to their right.

Early this June I was run down by just such a motorist. He saw me, he stopped for the stop sign, we made eye contact, but he was in such a hurry to squeeze in to the line of traffic that he ran me down.

He said he thought I should have waited for him. What about the six cars lined up behind him? The police department doesn't seem interested in enforcing the laws about making a full stop and not cutting people off when they are in crosswalks. I have had motorists try to crowd me into the curb or parked cars, so many time I ride on the sidewalks now.

What bike trails there are in town line the street that runs along the bay out to the marina. They are full of parked cars and glass and broken shells and are useless. The sidewalks are crowded, the cross walks at major arterials are often blocked with signs for yard sales and open houses.

Motorists need to share the road and Oak Harbor needs to be a friendlier place.

Theadore Morse

Oak Harbor

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