Bike buffer won't solve problem

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 7:09 am

Re "Law requires buffer for bicyclists" (Capitol & California, Sept. 24): The bicyclists have won. With the new state law, when they choose to wander over the white line into the motor vehicle's space, automobile drivers must now change lanes or slow down for the three-foot buffer. Is this the best law the Legislature can come up with on this issue?

We must all share the road: trucks, buses, cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. And everyone thinking each is the most important person on the road. Sacramento has the opportunity to seize the moment and create safe passage for all users of streets. The city needs to map secondary streets that parallel major thoroughfares such as Freeport Boulevard, J Street, and 19th/21st Streets. Then, establish one-way one-lane streets giving the second lane up to bicyclists. Giving up part of a less busy street would make both bicyclists and drivers content with their own space.

-- Falcon F. Lee, Sacramento

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