Re "Bike riders have right to car lanes" (Back-seat Drive, Jan. 4): Automobiles do not have the right to use bike lanes as convenient right-side passing lanes.
I can't count the times I've almost been taken out by an impatient driver on Riverside Boulevard who veers right into my bike lane to get by a car that has stopped, preparing to make a left turn against oncoming traffic.
This is unsafe and illegal. Bike lanes may only be safely entered by an automobile at cross streets, when it is necessary to make a right turn, and there's almost always a broken line to suggest this. A solid line, on the other hand, means do not enter.
-- Christopher Carey, Sacramento