2007.10.17 Frank Cordts
In response to last week’s letter to the editor from Christina Lapidus:
I was the member of “our wonderful police department” who wrote those five citations, four of which were reduced to written warnings because I could not verify any previous warnings to those individuals. The fifth, however, I have spoken to until I am blue in the face. (There was no reduction for him.) She also neglected to mention that the person who did not receive a reduction was jumping the decorative flower pots with his bike. Is this what you call riding your bikes on the sidewalk in a safe, respectful manner?
You don’t need a downtown bike path. There is no law prohibiting you from walking your bikes on the sidewalk, as well as there are plenty of side streets for bikers to use.
You five individuals ranged in age from 17 to 19. Why not start showing some respect for others and the laws, and set an example for the younger children.
In regard to Mr. Hart’s letter, I support him completely. If it wasn’t for the drivers watching out, kids would be getting hit every day because they do act as if the streets belong to them. The thing you have to recognize is that bike operators have rules, the same as vehicle operators, many of which are the same. For example, just because you are on a bike does not mean that a stop sign or stop light does not exist.
I know getting the tickets didn’t make you happy, but it got your attention, and if that’s what it takes, so be it. I would rather write a ticket than attend a funeral.– Frank J. Cordts Morenci