Patrick H. Crowe (8/30, Letters) is certainly correct that bicyclists are required to follow traffic laws. However, the behavior he has observed at a stop sign, from his office window, is hardly unique to bike riders.
As I ascend or descend in the Hallmark elevators at 26th and McGee each weekday, I see behavior at a four-way stop just outside the glass wall of the elevator, and I can’t remember seeing a single car come to an actual stop at any of the four unless a pedestrian or a car was crossing in front of them. In fact, I’ve seen a number of drivers blow through the intersection without so much as slowing down — not even close to a so-called “rolling stop.” And this is during busy weekdays.
I doubt that many adult cyclists in Kansas City aren’t also car drivers, so the behavior Mr. Crowe is describing is really general traffic behavior. At least cyclists pose less risk to others on the road when they sail through a stop sign, especially if they have looked for oncoming traffic first (which cyclists usually have plenty of time to do, given how much more slowly they usually travel).
David N. Johnson