I am responding to the Oct. 26 letter by Ben Yogman ("Bikes and Red Lights"). I disagree with many points made in this letter. As a young driver, I find bikes on the road to be a huge and unnecessary hazard. Mr. Yogman says that biking on the sidewalk is dangerous because pedestrians are also on the sidewalk, but a biker can easily see these pedestrians. When bikes are on the road, they are often difficult to see and can easily be in a driver's blind spot. Also, a collision between a bike and a pedestrian is certainly less likely to end in severe injuries or death than a collision between a car and a bike.
The letter also states that pedestrians ignore signals and cross clear intersections and since a biker is similar to a jogger, this is acceptable for bikers as well. However, the fact that pedestrians do this does not make it right.
I firmly believe that bikers should be allowed to bike only on sidewalks or on roads with a specific bike lane that does not interfere with regular drivers. According to bicyclinginfo.org, about 700 bikers are killed in crashes every year. If bikers would stay off of main roads, it would create a much safer experience for everyone.