Automobiles, bicycles must share the road (Letters)
“Bicycles are an essential form of transportation,” headlined a letter to a local newspaper a few months ago. This letter writer explained that for many it’s their primary form of transportation and he suggested that more bicycles on the street would serve to make motorists more aware of them, hence less likely to strike them. The bicycle was described as a “beautiful machine”
Being a Massachusetts licensed automobile operator I see the value of bicycles in today’s challenged climate but has anyone thought of ensuring that the operators of these beautiful machines with whom we share the roadways know the rules of the road? For motorists one must pass tests to be licensed as safe operators. This license is considered a privilege and not a right. Our vehicles also must have a yearly inspection to assure that the conveyance is safe to operate on the roadways and we must have proof of liability insurance too.
When making plans to increase use by riders of this beautiful machine on the public roadways has it occurred to anyone of authority that perhaps this vehicle needs to be registered? Has anyone thought it prudent to have operators licensed to mix with the other operators traveling the roadways? I’m told by several people that “back in the day my bicycle had to have a license plate that was issued with the local police department”. Further, I’m told by a lady raised in a European nation that students of elementary school age had to participate in safe operation of bicycles as a necessary part of their school education. Today bicycles are indeed a big part of transportation in their country and in ours.
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