Re "Bicyclists must follow rules" (Letters, Sept. 2): I am not opposed to a test for cyclists. After all, we share the same roads as motorists. But passing a test is no guarantee that laws will be followed.
Take Northern California drivers, for example. Using turn signals and obeying stop signs seem to be strictly optional. I spent most of my life in Southern California, and while the drivers there are not always courteous, at least they follow the law more.
Some cyclists (myself included) make an effort to follow traffic laws. But when motorists flagrantly disregard those same laws and put our lives at risk, we may need to push legal limits to stay alive. The laws of physics, unlike traffic laws, cannot be ignored. In a collision of motorist versus cyclist, the cyclist loses every time.
-- Thomas Shepherd, Roseville