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Letter: Treat all cyclists as self-absorbed children

Published August 22, 2014 4:20 pm
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To the L3 Employee who blew out of the parking lot recently with no regard for the fact that my car would have to brake or swerve to avoid you. You should know that your life was saved because, years ago, I decided that it would be wise to treat all cyclists I see on the road as self-absorbed children with a heightened sense of entitlement and a diminished capacity to understand their own mortality.

My decision was not only shown to be prudent when I slowed to account for your lack of yielding to oncoming traffic, but also later when I decided to check if you were going to ignore my turn signal, indicating that I was about to turn on to the I-215 ramp.

I was not disappointed as I watched you blithely ignore my signal and the red light and blow right past me into the intersection. I can only hope that you will continue to encounter drivers such as myself who will, because of your example, view all cyclists as deranged morons with little understanding of the laws of physics and that you should continue to cheat death and the laws of Darwinian evolution.

Tom Boyce

Salt Lake City




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