I have been riding a bicycle for many years and one of the first things I learned was that they are supposed to ride close to the curb in the street and if you are above a certain age, never on the sidewalk. I don’t know when people decided that those laws were not in effect anymore as now everyone seems to ride on the sidewalk, run in the streets and walk however they want.

It is time the police started enforcing the rules as it makes a much better operation for all. Another one which is deadly is when a bicycle decides to ride against traffic. I almost ran into one when I had my children on my bike and a fellow came facing traffic as I started to ride around the corner after stopping and looking for traffic going the same direction I was intending to go. He was bent down and could not be seen over the parked cars. Very dangerous.

Hopefully the police will start ticketing the riders who run red lights and stop signs as some seem to think they will never have to face court for doing it. A few years ago, a young man obtained his driver’s license and then had it immediately suspended because he had three moving violations when he had been riding his bicycle during the time before he had a license. The Secretary of State does consider a moving violation from whatever source when deciding to suspend a driver’s license.

Ed Downs

Oak Park

Not enough was said in this article on why people ride their bikes on the sidewalk. [
Oak Park cracks down on sidewalk cyclists, News, Aug. 13]

Our traffic-congested streets aren’t safe for bicyclists. Are police cracking down on drivers who speed down the residential side streets as they are cracking down on the cyclists for riding on the sidewalk? Who is more dangerous? What about doing more to educate drivers about safety matters concerning cyclists?

I agree that people should not ride their bikes on the sidewalk in the business districts, but please give us a break if we ride on residential walks when they are clear of pedestrians. We are just trying to protect ourselves from great bodily harm.

I am very glad that Mr. Barge, president of the O.P. Cycle Club, was able to speak up for us in what was otherwise a very lopsided article. Police Chief Tanksley said, “We just want people to be totally safe.” Well, which would you rather be, hit by a car or a bicycle? Help us to feel safe riding in the street, and I would have no problem staying there.

Mary Ann Mikelsons

Oak Park police are apparently afraid of the 20-something men in their spandex cycling gear who flagrantly ignore red lights, one-way streets, and stop signs, so they issue tickets to 14-year-old girls riding on the sidewalks instead. I am happy to see that the village is enforcing at least some bicycle laws, but they seem to be completely ignoring the real problem. The article says that “Oak Park police have issued 31 bike-related citations this year, mostly for cycling on the sidewalk. The tickets carry a mandatory court date. Hundreds of warnings have been issued too.” They are really concerned about cycling on sidewalks when the much bigger cycling problem is cyclists using the streets, but ignoring traffic laws. The Illinois Vehicle Code clearly states the bicycles are subject to the same rules as all other vehicles.

Dale Jones

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On a recent Friday afternoon, my kids and I were in the car at an intersection waiting for the light to cross
Ridgeland Avenue
. We saw a policeman riding a bike, talking on his cellphone, riding on the sidewalk and crossing Ridgeland against the red light.

Stephanie Smith

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Right on, Nancy! [Sidewalk etiquette nothing to sneer about, Viewpoints, June 23]

Most of us are afraid to speak up to those people lest we become victims of “sidewalk rage.”

Brent Borgerson

Oak Park

Why doesn’t the village crack down on two kids to a bike and bike theft? Issue citations for two on a bike and concentrate on crime.

Greg Ayers

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