I'm all about being green — including bicycling instead of using a car. I've been tolerant of Oak Park cyclists and do all I can to look out for them. But tonight was the last straw, and I can no longer keep quiet.
On my way home from work at 7:45 on Home Avenue, I saw an adult cyclist in dark clothing in front of me with absolutely no reflective gear, lights or reflectors. Why is this legal?
To his credit, he went up on the sidewalk when I got close. I rolled down my window and said, "It would help if you had lights; I almost didn't see you." We ended up at the red light together, and I said, "I'm concerned for your safely; it would help if you had lights."
He snidely retorted, "What's the matter, couldn't you see me?" and something else derogatory.
My biggest fear as a car driver is hurting a cyclist, and no matter whose fault it was, I would be held responsible. I'm tired of the cyclists who have such disrespect for the machine that could be their demise and the arrogance toward its driver.
Can't Oak Park, at a minimum, pass and enforce a simple law that cyclists have to ride with lights after dark?