Lori Cooke donated 2016-11-29 07:16:30 -0500
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Lori Cooke commented on Holding Drivers Accountable 2018-01-25 09:22:45 -0500Dear Catherine,
While I cannot speak for the cyclists you are referring to in your comment or why you chose my story to attack, but I can tell you that cyclists need to be held accountable as well.
I am also not sure you read my story clearly. At no time did I cross lanes or behave with “impunity.”
I was riding with traffic when a motorist sped up to go past me and then without signal, took a right hand turn right into my line of travel.
I am an accomplished cyclist and I respect the danger of the road. I understand I am taking my life in my hands every time I get on my bike and ride on the roads and especially moreso nowadays with drivers so distracted. The animosity from entitled drivers and lack of punitive response from law enforcement only makes me even more cautious. I believe that we cyclists need to be held just as accountable for reckless behavior, however, when a driver intentionally causes a crash as happened in my case, THAT and the lack of her being held accountable is inexcusable and only serves to build the animosity between cyclists and drivers.
I am not sure what can be done to establish a more harmonious balance between motorists and cyclists but I do know that MassBike is working very hard to make it safer for both cyclists and motorists to coexist safely.