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letters | BICYCLE SAFETY IN BOSTON

Start by demanding that motorists obey the law

Was anyone surprised that the Globe’s solution to bicyclist deaths in Boston (“Bike deaths raise an alarm: city must do more for safety,” Editorial, Sept. 30) did not include stricter police enforcement of laws governing motorists?

In more than 15 years of commuting largely on foot, I have rarely seen traffic enforcement by police. I have to resort to getting a visual hand wave from drivers to cross the street safely.

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Your prescription to “boost helmet use” is just an admission that it’s up to bicyclists to protect themselves from cars. What about demanding that drivers slow down?

Pedestrians and bicyclists have to hope at each corner that motorists obey the basic traffic rules.

It seems the only way to protect our kids in this relatively lawless street situation is to pile them into a large SUV and join the drivers.

Eric S. Bachman

Swampscott

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