Q I know you'll be getting a LOT of comments on your column last week featuring comments by Susan Grant, who thinks bicyclists should be banned on Mt. Hamilton Road.

Pete Palmer

Cupertino

A A lot? Try closer to ...

Q I'm sure your next column on bicyclists using Mt. Hamilton Road will feature 1,000 comments from righteous bicyclists writing in to scathe Susan Grant for her (politically incorrectly stated) opinion -- the same righteous bicyclists I see (with exceedingly few exceptions) running stop signs and red lights and otherwise breaking inconvenient traffic laws.

Kevin Goodwin

A I don't think I have gotten this much feedback on a column since I described the Prius as the world's sexiest car. Reaction was split -- a third agreeing with Susan, a third vehemently disagreeing and the rest upset with me for printing her comments.

Q Here we go again, Gary. Why do you give these people a forum for their misguided and ill-informed opinions? We've seen a number of rants about bicyclists and motorcyclists. All you're doing is giving these people a forum to spout this drivel and validate this stupidity to more idiots. Does anybody vet your columns? ... I'm so old, I remember when Roadshow columns used to be about road and traffic conditions and so on. Now it's just one anti-social person after another: I don't want to share the road with pedestrians and their strollers! We should all take pictures of the person willing to share his car with us! I don't want to share the road with bicyclists!

Mark Crane and many more

A Whoa. That same column also contained an update on paving 101 south of Morgan Hill, penalties for teen drivers and the need for more space at Park & Ride lots off I-280. I aim for a mix of questions and comments. But do others think I should ban folks from venting as Susan did?

Q It's precisely her attitude that makes riding on Bay Area roads so dangerous for cyclists. Roads are not built for the exclusive use of drivers!

But cyclists could help defuse this kind of criticism by obeying the rules of the road, especially on narrow mountain roads without dedicated bike lanes: Stay to the right as far as possible while still riding safely, yield to cars when it's safe to do so, and, perhaps most importantly, RIDE SINGLE FILE!

I'm an avid biker and I ride all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to San Ramon, from Half Moon Bay to Concord, and I see cyclists of all ages simply ignoring the rules of the road when convenient. That sort of behavior simply has to stop!

Dave Hoffman

Palo Alto

A No disagreement here.

Q I know that it is all too easy to become frustrated at being delayed for a few moments by cyclists who happen to be on the road in front of your vehicle. But I hope that the next time Susan drives up this road for "some R&R," she will have some newfound patience and understanding.

Pete Palmer

A So do I.

Q Just tell bikers to stay the hell off Niles Canyon Road. The bike lanes are not continuous and they ride in the road over the bridges doing 5 mph around blind turns while the vehicle speed limit is 45 mph. Not safe for them or me. ... Please tell bike riders to stay off Junipero Serra Boulevard in Palo Alto. ... Bicyclists pose great risks on Skyline Boulevard.

Wayne Flora, Mike Odenheimer and more

A All I can recommend is that both motorists and bicyclists be on the lookout for each other, especially on popular bike routes.

Q "Bicyclists don't belong"? Wow, it's ignorant drivers like Susan Grant who make cycling a death-defying sport. While I applaud your answer, I was hoping you would have been more stern.

David Lee

A My answer was: "Take a deep breath, Susan!"

Q A great answer, by the way.

Bob Corman

A And now I'm out of breath!

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