Without enforcement, laws have no meaning
Re: Sidewalk-Riding Cyclists Should Be Ticketed, Sept. 11, by Ken Kilbreath. You are right, Mr. Kilbreath. People who ignore the law should be ticketed.
There is no enforcement. I watched a cyclist cross Walker Road one morning against a red light, cross half the north side of the road and then midway, turn and bike over to the south side. No enforcement.
There is a helmet law. No enforcement.
Riding on the wrong side of the road. No enforcement. Cyclists riding the sidewalk, then shooting across the crosswalk — a fatality in the making. No enforcement.
Riding bikes on the sidewalks is an issue, but only a small portion of Windsor’s problem. Automobiles run red lights. Drivers zoom through stop signs and, when reminded of the fact, usually give you the finger. No enforcement.
Pedestrians walk against “Don’t Walk” signs. No enforcement.
Enforcement is the city’s problem. Ask yourself: “What is the rule?” What is the speed limit on the 401? One sign says 100 km/h. A little later, a sign says you will not lose points unless you exceed 120 km/h. In reality, this amounts to a speed limit of 119.9 km/h.
What’s enforced becomes the rule, the law. If one can, with impunity, do what he/she pleases on city streets and sidewalks, then although the laws are on the books, the laws cease to exist and their rare enforcement becomes arbitrary and unfair. Licensing and more fees is not the answer; enforcement is. City hall, this is your problem. Fix it. CLAUDE BASTIEN