I agreed with this letter:
THE story about the motorist who seriously injured a cyclist was scary enough (Page 1B, Aug. 30). Now several motorists have written letters in support of the violence (Letters, Sept. 4).
One said that cyclists should ``ride single file. When they do not, they get injured. Tough luck.''
The Vehicle Code says nothing about riding single file. As the sidebar to the original story indicated, cyclists are entitled to occupy the entire lane in many circumstances, including when the lane is too narrow for cars to pass the cyclists within the lane.
Another wrote that cyclists ``need to respect the rights of vehicles in the traffic lane.''
Bicycles are vehicles. Cyclists are traffic.
The fact is that it is often the most legal and prudent action for a bicyclist to ride in the middle of a regular car lane and occupy a lane of traffic. As a general rule, slower moving vehicles should move to lanes on the right, but in my experience cars are the much greater offenders.