Last will and testament of a Chicago pedestrian
Letter to the editor
07/13/2011 10:00 PM
As a pedestrian who only minutes ago narrowly missed being run over at the corner of 18th Street and Prairie Avenue when an idiot on a bike ran a stop sign while turning right, it seems it is time to make my last will and testament.
To begin with the testament portion, I testify that I crossed at the crosswalk at 18th and Prairie, seeing the bike down the road — but he had a stop sign so more the fool me, I thought he would stop. When the cyclist didn’t stop, I only said “Stop sign?” to which the red-shirted (who should be red-carded as a bad biker) yelled at me.
Me? I was crossing in the crosswalk. The man then began to turn around as he headed north on Prairie, what? To beat me up?
So what I will to my fellow citizenry is that the City of Chicago have grown-up, enforced rules like Evanston — where it is posted NO BIKE RIDING on sidewalks, adding you will be arrested. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that I’ve seen bike riding bozos try to run walkers down. In the Loop, though technically not allowed on sidewalks, bikes ride with impunity zipping and zapping through pedestrians without warning (for whom the bell does NOT toll).
Given the obesity of the city you would think one would encourage people to do what most 2 year-olds can do, walk.
So if one day you find me laid up in hospital or worse, remember: bikers have rules too and we all need to share the city. Why can’t they be licensed? Taking an exam and passing an “on the road test”, just like vehicles?