David Kattan was right on the money when he said that cyclists and drivers need to show more courtesy to each other (“In traffic-choked city, motorists and cyclists must be safety-minded,” Letters, Dec. 8). He was right again in saying that, for motorists, courtesy includes using turn signals. Possibly the one best thing we as drivers can do for cyclists is ALWAYS to signal, whether or not we think there is anyone to see us do it.
Unfortunately, Kattan was just as wrong to assert that a reciprocal courtesy on the cyclist’s part would be “avoiding thoroughfares during rush hour.”
The notion that it is ever discourteous for a cyclist to be legally present on a public street contributes to the mind-set, conscious or unconscious, that it’s OK to drive as if cyclists didn’t exist because they don’t belong where they have every right to be.
Cyclists can and should do plenty to be courteous to drivers, including signaling their own intentions, but ceasing to exist is not an option.