Living in the Old Goodwood area of Baton Rouge near a four-way stop sign and being retired, I work in my yard a lot. My eyes have really been opened since these signs have gone up.
Cyclists want the right to ride their bikes on our streets, but they also have the responsibility to follow the same rules and regulations as noncyclists.
Some cyclists slow down and use the stop sign as a yield sign. Others don’t even slow down, as if the rules don’t apply to them. I’ve seen older people in the late afternoon on a beautiful day getting their exercise by riding their bikes, yet they don’t stop for the stop sign, either. They will cross over from one side of the road to the other side without looking.
I have yet to see any cyclist come to a complete stop. I have seen moms and dads riding with their children late in the afternoon — parents going on one side of the street and children riding on the other side of the street if a car is coming. They didn’t stop for the stop signs, either. That is not setting a good example for their children for when they get older. If they see parents not obeying signs that will help keep them safe, why should they?
I’d like to suggest every bike be licensed and issued a bike plate. That way, people will know the license plate number of those who won’t obey the rules and regulations of the road.
Several times, I have been stopped for a red light at a very busy intersection and have seen cyclists come to a stop for the red light and then run it when they could make it across. Several weeks ago, I was stopped on old Hammond Highway and Tara for a red light, and a cyclist came right alongside of me, stopped, looked both ways and ran the light.
You see bike lanes, “Share the road” signs and bicycles “painted” on streets themselves. But aren’t cyclists supposed to share the road with us as well? Aren’t the cyclists supposed to follow the same rules and regulations as noncyclists?
To cyclists who do follow the rules and regulations, this is not written with in you in mind. I don’t want to hear of or see a dead cyclist or injured one on the street I live on when it’s so uncalled for.
This is just a reminder to those who don’t put their car lights on during bad raining days. It’s state law. If wipers are on, lights must be on, too. If it’s almost dark outside, or totally dark, car lights must be on if you want to be seen by others. So many people don’t do that!
retired state worker