I realize everyone has high hopes for our new assemblyman, but let's not expect him to solve all of our state's problems instantaneously.
Bicycle sharrows are clearly working
Mark Wolcoff must not be paying very close attention to cyclists on Chevy Chase ("Sharrows aren't safe for cyclists," Sept.13).
One morning, a week after the sharrows were painted, I counted three cyclists in 15 minutes at Chevy Chase and Maple. Last September, the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count recorded 70 cyclists passing through Chevy Chase and Maple during three two-hour periods.
While bicyclists have a right to ride on all city streets, sharrows reinforce the safe and legal lane position of cyclists and safe riding practices taught by the League of American Bicyclists.
Sharrows guide cyclists to ride 3 feet away from parked cars outside the "door zone," where they could be hit by an opening car door — a common incident cyclists call "getting doored." For their own safety, cyclists also have a right to "take the lane" when it's too narrow to share with a vehicle. A motorist needing to pass should approach the cyclist just like any slow-moving vehicle and pass only when safe.
Adding bike lanes on Chevy Chase Drive would have required the removal of a travel lane or on-street parking, which the city chose not to do.
Sharrows represent the next best option for bike routes in Glendale. They provide a physical representation of what it means for motorists and cyclists to share the road.
While I understand Walcoff's concerns for the safety of cyclists (thank you), street design, including the use of sharrows, we must always assume safe and legal driving behavior from those on the road.
Walcoff should be speaking out against uninformed drivers, not the implementation of infrastructure like sharrows.
Editor's note: Bogart is the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition liaison to Glendale.