Suburban walkways also hazardous

Published: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Re "Bicyclists: Be more careful" (Letters, Aug. 16) and "On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks" (The Conversation, Aug. 17): For two days in a row The Bee has published two articles about two pedestrians sustaining severe injuries from collisions with bicyclists; one on a bike path and the other on a Sacramento city street. City streets are hazardous, but so are suburban walkways.

As a walker in West Roseville, I have had one collision and three near-collisions in the past two years. The cyclists are usually older teens and young adults, ear bud deaf, speeding on the sidewalks and failing to signal that they are behind walkers. The streets are wide and the bike lanes very ample.

California Department of Motor Vehicle Codes says, "Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers." No one should need to risk debilitating injury, due to irresponsible bicyclists, just to get a little exercise. -- Donna Pieper, LCSW, Retired, Roseville

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