To the editor:
On Saturday morning — the day after this year’s Bike to Work Day — I was walking from my house to the center of Old Town. As I approached the intersection of Queen and Payne streets, I noticed a bicyclist pedaling north. He approached the intersection and looked both ways without hardly slowing down — let alone stopping at the four-way stop.
Seeing no cars, he blew through the intersection. I asked, as he passed, “Isn’t that a stop sign?” to which he replied: “Stuff it!” As I crossed the street, I watched him pedal through the intersection of Princess and Payne streets at the other end of the block — also a four-way stop — without stopping.
So long as bicycles aren’t required to be registered and have visible forms of identification, like automobiles’ license plates, bicyclists will feel licensed to behave unaccountably.
– Dino Drudi