Re "Bike riders have right to car lanes" (Back-seat Driver, Jan. 4): A letter-writer suggests cyclists in the center of a lane impede traffic flow. Of course, cyclists are traffic too, like buses, delivery trucks, scooters, brand-new drivers, emergency vehicles, and any other impediment to traffic flow.
Sidewalk-riding downtown is illegal and dangerous. The side of the road on some streets puts cyclists in danger of riding into doors of parked cars, sandwiched, or right-hooked by motorists.
These threats are seldom apparent to the non-cyclist, but some motorists are still quick with the horn, or worse. The safest place for cyclists is where they are clearly seen by motorists, moving with traffic, regardless of speed. Yes, we may occasionally slow you down. But can't we all try to exhibit some patience and courtesy?
-- Chip Powell, Sacramento