A solution to bikes at stop signs

“Stop sign law could speed up S.F.,” The City, July 29

A solution to bikes at stop signs

Call it what you may — a Hollywood stop for vehicles, or Idaho stop for bicycles, or suicide nonstop for pederistrians — a red stop sign means to stop, and a yellow yield sign means to stop for passing vehicles on roads. The signs here are road signs for vehicles traveling on roads and streets.

According to the cyclists, these signs apparently do not apply to them. In this thinking, the roads are for vehicles and not for cyclists. Youth under 13 are allowed to ride their bikes and skateboards on the sidewalks. Perhaps the trouble here is that there is that under-13 mentality as adult skateboarders and cyclists are seen riding the sidewalks because the streets are overly crowded with vehicles and unsafe for bike riders.

Perhaps instead of placing the bicycle lanes in the streets, the sidewalks should be widened for the addition of bicycle lanes. Then the skateboarders and cyclists would be controlled by the pedestrian walk and no walk signs, just as electric wheelchair vehicles.

Or is it that skateboards should be carried and bicycles walked on the sidewalks?

Frank Norton

San Francisco

Cyclists don’t even yield

While I understand your logic suggesting that cyclists should be allowed to yield instead of stop at stop signs and red lights when there’s no one around — though still illegal — the majority of cyclists aren’t doing that. What do you call pedestrians? Cyclists will cut pedestrians off when they’re in the crosswalk. There may not be cars nearby, but there are pedestrians. The Embarcadero is the worst.

How do you justify that?

Debi Gould

San Francisco

O’Malley is unsung option

For many Democrats, Hillary Clinton’s politics are too embedded with Wall Street, while Bernie Sanders seems too independent to be electable. I recently discovered the candidate whose progressive politics are coupled with a proven ability to govern. Maryland’s former Gov. Martin O’Malley, also former mayor of Baltimore, has the managerial experience and technical vision to apply information technology to make governmental decisions based on knowledge. He applied the same mapping technology we use when finding a route through traffic to identify where Baltimore’s worst crime was, and he allocated increased resources to those neighborhoods to fight the city’s crime problems.

With knowledge-based decision-making and O’Malley’s managerial savvy, Baltimore’s violent crime reduced by 41 percent. As governor, he applied similar methods to reduce Maryland’s unemployment and increase jobs faster than its neighboring states that had cut their budgets for necessary services. He promotes a new way of managing to get things done, moving from innovation-limiting hierarchy to collaborative consensus-building.

O’Malley’s top goals are to reverse the causes of climate change by supporting clean, renewable power sources; to limit the influence of unaccountable big money in our political system; and to reduce the disparity of wealth and opportunity with affordable education, fair taxation, big-bank regulation and resistance to trade deals that threaten our environmental, labor and health protections.

Americans are tired of seeing clowns run around the circus car when we need a president who knows how to work effectively for the shared concern of our survival on this planet.

Bruce Joffe


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