Letters to the Editor

Essig letter: Quit yelling

OK, I am tired of getting yelled at by bicyclists while driving and by drivers while biking.

I have had the following encounters at the corner of Lemp and 9th streets.

To the driver who yelled at me “That’s a stop sign there” when I coasted a right turn through the stop sign on Lemp with no oncoming traffic, the statute in Boise says: “A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection.” I did not need to stop for safety, so I coasted through it. Please don’t yell at me when I am operating my bike safely and according to the law.

To the bicyclist who whipped through that very same stop sign to make a left turn right in front of me as I drove my car, and then screamed at me — you were required to stop at that stop sign because there was oncoming traffic and you did not have the right of way in that situation.

Now, for everyone — please stop yelling. I’m quite sure it seldom changes anyone’s behavior.

Maria Essig, Boise