Letter: More bike safety, biker courtesy neededI am a freshman at Woodside High School and a resident of Woodside. I wanted to express a serious concern on some of the major roads in Woodside and Portola Valley.
I (ride my) bike myself quite a bit, but my concern is of the bikers, particularly on Portola Road, who endanger our lives daily. They go in groups and are mostly out of the bike lane talking very loudly so they cannot hear a car behind them. And a similar situation is happening on the other side at the same time, and if a car swerves and moves on towards the oncoming traffic, then it can cause a head-on collision.
We have encountered this scenario so many times, particularly across from Portola Farms and the Old La Honda road area. My parents are careful driving, but another driver coming from the opposite side might miscalculate and we can die in an instant.
Bikers should go single file if it's a thinner line and a blind turn. They never stop at a stop sign on Alpine road, and it can again be very dangerous.
We also have tons of trash thrown into our mail boxes by the biking community, and it's not fair to homeowners to clean out other people's messes.
I am writing to bring awareness to the bikers that they must abide by the rules and keep our towns clean and safe. We need more police presence to ticket them, or possibly more signs to alert both cars and bikers of blind turns. I propose bike riding rules in our towns posted every two or three miles to bring more awareness and education .
I hope some day we have safe roads for bikers and drivers.
Portola Road, Woodside