The excellent article “Electric bikes and social responsibility” (October 26) forgot one very important element regarding sidewalks – the pedestrian! One tries to walk straight on the sidewalks while avoiding dog poo, uneven pavements, cement blobs from past construction and suddenly – whoosh! an electric bike silently speeds past, which is quite startling. Even if the rider applies a bell or horn, it is almost impossible to hear above the traffic.
One walks in fear while casting anxious glances backward in an attempt to see the bikes before they whiz past. If one panics and jumps into the bike or, worse yet, falls and breaks a bone trying to get out of the way, who is at fault? I am sure I am not the only senior citizen trying to walk and stay healthy with this problem.
More bike paths are the best solution for all citizens.