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Mailbag: Bikeway use is no excuse to ignore safety

September 04, 2010

Let me set the scene. It a quarter to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Aug. 29, I'm walking westbound on the north side of Chandler between Parish Place and Lamer Street. Just up ahead a father in his early 30s and two children, a boy and a girl, about 5 or 6 years old, all riding bicycles south on Lamer come to a stop upon reaching Chandler.

Dad looks both ways for automobile traffic and then the three carefully pedal across the street and stop at the curb in preparation to make use of the Chandler Bikeway.

While Dad is stuck with the unenviable task of lifting all three bikes over the curb, across the grass and onto the bike path, the little girl stays close by but the boy absentmindedly backs out onto the busy bikeway.


Suddenly a voice is heard screaming: "Get out of the way! Get out of the way!" And a 40-something woman riding a bicycle about as fast as a 40-something woman could possibly pedal a bicycle comes speeding eastbound down the path toward the confused child.

Dad screams "Slow down," as the woman zooms by, inches from the boy and she retorts "I'm on the bike path, idiot!"

No attempt was made to slow down, no screeching brakes or last second brilliant maneuvering was observed — by sheer dumb luck the child was not struck by the bicyclist.

I'm quite sure I'm not up to speed concerning all the details of the laws and ordinances governing our city, and perhaps the city attorney might want to weigh in on this, but somehow I don't think that a bicyclist riding on the Chandler Bikeway has a license to kill or maim any beast that wanders across his or her right-of-way, but maybe I'm wrong…

Richard J. Tafilaw


Gatto shows goodwill to community

I was pleased to see Mike Gatto at my favorite local Saturday morning spot, the Burbank Farmer's Market, but I was not surprised.

Reaching out to speak directly with members of the community, to hear their concerns and work to solve their issues, is exactly the kind of hands-on effort that I knew we would see from Mike. He arranged for several major state agencies to be there to help with questions and issues ("Gatto hopes to reap what he sows," Sept. 1).

I greatly appreciated this kind gesture for the convenience and goodwill it offered to the community.

Heike C. Strand


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