It happened the morning of Sept. 9 around 7:20 a.m. A bicyclist was hit by a car at Kenilworth and Division. The cyclist was northbound on Kenilworth and ignored the stop sign at Division. The driver of the vehicle was eastbound on Division, had stopped at the sign, and proceeded and then hit the bicyclist. Fortunately, the young man on the bicycle was not seriously hurt; however, the driver was traumatized by this incident. Who would not be?

A month earlier, the exact same thing happened to me. I was eastbound on Division and stopped at the sign, I looked south for traffic, and then I looked north before I proceeded. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a northbound bicyclist who was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and did not stop for the sign. I honked my horn out of frustration and was acknowledged with a “one-finger salute.”

It would be unfair to say that 100 percent of the bicyclists do not obey traffic signs. Let’s put the number at about 80 percent (mostly adult riders). We all agree that cars and bicyclists should share the road; however, bicyclists have a responsibility and duty to obey the same traffic laws that drivers of cars and other vehicles obey. Before someone gets seriously injured or killed, perhaps we could have some stepped-up law enforcement on the free-spirited bicyclists.

Daniel Hefner
Oak Park

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