Cyclists will break the law as long 
as they can get away with it

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Cyclists will break the law as long 
as they can get away with it
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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
Alexandria

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