Re "Law requires buffer for bicyclists" (Capitol & California, Sept. 24): From a traffic standpoint that new law is absolutely crazy. Drivers have a option when approaching someone on a bicycle to either swerve over the center line, which is illegal and dangerous or slowing down to a crawl and staying behind them creating a traffic jam and possible road rage.
Also, most bicyclists I see in a bike lane ride very close to the traffic lane making the problem worse.
Public streets are built primarily for vehicular traffic and are paid for by the owners of cars and trucks via the gas tax and other fees. Politicians know absolutely nothing about traffic engineering and traffic safety and should not be allowed to meddle in it. From a traffic engineering standpoint, this bill throws common sense out the window.
-- William Palazzini, Granite Bay