Viewpoint - July 13, 2011

Letter: Action needed to deal with cyclists in PV

This letter is regarding the Portola Valley City Council's decision to consider adding bike lanes to our roads. All because some organized biking groups take up an entire lane, while almost all bikers coast through the stop sign riding from Alpine onto Portola. First of all, there is no question that bikers in large groups tend to have some really obnoxious riders. Can the police ticket these road hogs or meet with the leaders of these bike clubs and convince them to stay within the existing lanes or risk really serious fines?

Secondly, coasting through a right turn at a "T" intersection poses no threat of harm to anybody unless they are in a group. Ticketing these individual riders may raise money for the town but causes much ill will. Why don't the sheriffs earn their pay by enforcing the oft-neglected speed limits on our two main roads?

Finally, if anything is to be done, when is a bike lane going to be installed on Alpine at 280 where Mrs. Ward was killed last year?

Marty Mackowski, Los Charros Lane, Portola Valley


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