Bicyclists with disabilities on sidewalks

08/24/2014 3:08 PM

08/21/2014 9:34 AM

Re "City is making progress in effort to make bicycling safer for all" (Forum, Aug. 17): I have an adult son who is deaf and autistic. He doesn't drive, but he rides the bus, walks and rides a recumbent trike for trips that are too far to walk. He rides on the sidewalk because, in my opinion, riding on the street in Sacramento is far too dangerous.

I gave up riding because I never felt safe due to driver indifference and lack of policing. I wonder, if there is not a protected bike lane, would the city give out special placards to people who can ride a trike or bike but are disabled to the point of needing a safer place than the street to ride? Or does my son not have the right to be accommodated for this type of transportation?

We have made sure he knows to respect pedestrians and to ring his bell as he approaches people from behind.

-- Rebecca Sharad, Sacramento

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