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We hear so much today about car drivers sharing the road equally with bikers. However, with that equal opportunity there should be equal responsibility and accountability.

Motorists have to take a written test and undergo an eye examination, then carry a license while driving, insure their vehicles and obey the law. The same should be required of bicyclists who use the public roads.

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I've witnessed bicyclists at stop signs and red lights slow down briefly and then ride right through them without stopping. I've witnessed a biker in a marked bike lane pull left over the white line to avoid a pothole right into the path of a vehicle instead of stopping and waiting for a safe opportunity to do so.

Bikers should be required to obey the laws, be ticketed and receive points equivalent to those for motorists who fail to obey those laws.

If cyclists use the same roads as motorists, they should have to pay for cycling licenses and bike tags just as motorists do. Sharing the road should require sharing the costs, responsibilities and accountability of motorists. Bike equality should not mean preferential treatment for cyclists.

Frank M. Neighoff Jr.

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