Letter: Respect goes both ways for bikers, drivers | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Respect goes both ways for bikers, drivers

I was stopped at a red traffic light, a bike slowed beside me, looked left, looked right and went through the red light. A trail crossing a traveled road has a clear stop sign on both sides, yet seven bikes ignored the sign and passed in front of me. I frequently see bikes clearly disregard and ignore posted signage, and transition from the sidewalk to the street and back as it suits them. I witnessed a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk almost get knocked down by a bike on the road, “State law, yield to pedestrians in crosswalk.” There is not a rule I have not seen a bike rider break.

Kirk Huyser’s opinion is spot on, (Post Independent July 23) “On the rules of the road page … in Colorado, bicyclists and motorists have the same rights and responsibilities when using public roads.” Huyser suggests that motorists visit a webpage to understand traveling the roads with bikes. I’d equally suggest bike riders do the same. I am lawfully and morally bound to the posted rules regarding our highways and roads, the simple reason I have very little respect for bike riders is that most of them that I encounter completely ignore these rules. On a recent trip up the Frying Pan Road to Ruedi, I encountered four bikes riding abreast on the road passing the sign that clearly says “share the road.” Respect goes both ways.

Gary Kirchberg,
New Castle

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User