Last week I was driving north on N.W. 4th Avenue. When I came to the stop sign at N.W. 10th Street, I stopped and catty-cornered across from me came a little blond-haired boy of about 7 on his bicycle. He stopped after I stopped, and he waited as I carefully made my left turn onto 10th.
As I looked in my rearview mirror, I saw him pedal across 10th and on down 4th.
He was on the correct side of the street, and he was obeying all the traffic rules!
My first thought was thankfulness to his parents for teaching him that a bicycle is ridden on the same side of the road as a car. They had taught him some rules of the road. Good for good parenting!
On the other hand, last week I also saw four young men riding back and forth across multiple lanes of traffic on the bicycles, darting in front of cars, and in general causing a road hazard for themselves and everyone else. When I say “young men” I saw that at least one of them had facial hair.
And I see this sort of thing all the time.
My first reaction to this was, where are the police when we need them, but I have seen this happen here in town right in front of police cars who do nothing about it. And yet we have had two significant bicycle fatalities in the past year. Why aren’t these people being stopped and fined for not obeying the rules of the road?
And, as long as I am discussing wheels, I have to add something about skate boards. Skate boards, in their proper place at the skate board park in West City Park, are great fun for kids of all ages, but I do believe that there is an ordinance against them on the streets of Mineral Wells – at least in the downtown area.