Letters to the Editor

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Ready to Roll

In response to Randy LoBasso’s article about the enforcement of bicycle laws:

As a cyclist (and driver) I absolutely object to the title and a lot of the “opinions” in the article. The goal of the law is to get bikes and cars to play nicely together, not to make the two-wheeled folks seem like the worst people in the world. Thanks for villainizing cyclists. Again.

AARON via philadelphiaweekly.com

I see little changing. Common courtesy is a thing of the past. I have no problem with people who use bikes as their transportation. However, as a pedestrian my problem with most cyclists is their disregard for pedestrians in crosswalks who are crossing on a green light. Many cyclists are so busy trying to run the red light and are only looking to see if a car is coming that they nearly (or sometimes do) crash into pedestrians. And the few cyclists who do stop at the red light do so in the middle of the crosswalk (sometimes several at once), completely blocking it while having the audacity to feel they’re justified in doing so and expecting pedestrians to walk around them. If you want everyone to share the road, as a vehicle you must obey the rules of the road.

DON via philadelphiaweekly.com

I take issue with the increased fines for cyclists. More should be done to create safer space for cyclists. Despite creating several biking lanes throughout the city, there is no enforcement. I constantly have to go around parked cars in the biking lane, but also am sitting BEHIND CARS THAT ARE DRIVING IN THE BIKING LANE. Until they do something about that, I will continue riding on the sidewalk to get around parked vehicles, I will also continue blowing through red lights. And I will happily sit and clog up the traffic-violations court saying the same thing I am typing now and refuse to pay my ticket. I pay enough in taxes, I should not have to fund this ridiculous bill with unjustified fines for a service which is not being delivered by the city.

DAVE via philadelphiaweekly.com

Assume the Position

In response to Randy LoBasso’s feature story about Mayor Nutter:

Gov. Rendell took care of business in Philadelphia. As I read in A Prayer For The City, Philadelphia was uplifted, on better fiscal ground, and far from where it was prior to him taking office. In Nutter’s circumstance, he has to ask what has he done outside of interviewing for a national position. Are Philadelphians uplifted? Is the fiscal outlook better? Is education on better footing? Has Nutter led on anything?

DEBLANKS via philadelphiaweekly.com

Just Like Heaven

In response to J. Cooper Robb’s review of the Wilma Theater’s “Perestroika”:

I agree with everything Robb says. Perestroika was superior to Angels, but I think that was exactly Kushner’s intention. I saw the show on Sunday night, and the entire third act had me crying in my seat. Incredible ending to an epic journey with the most brilliant cast (and production design) I’ve ever seen. I am so proud to be a Philadelphian these days! Thank you Wilma!

JESSICA NOEL via philadelphiaweekly.com

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1. Guy Smith said... on Oct 19, 2012 at 09:59PM

“This whole cyclist vs motorist vs pedestrian debate is completely missing the real issue. The conflict is between people with common sense and idiots. There are people who drive and ride responsibly, and there are those who do not. There always have been and always will be. Drivers need to realize that in these days of high pollution and urban overpopulation bicycles are part of the solution not the problem. Cyclists need to get over their smug and reckless high horse and start riding responsibly. Is this ever going to happen? Probably not but hefty fines and inflammatory attitudes toward anyone on a bike isn't going to solve the problem either. I preach to you patience and tolerance. Or we can all gang up and go after the cab drivers. They probably deserve it most.”


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