Use care when turning right on red

Published: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 9:48 p.m.
As an avid walker and bike rider and an individual who has used alternative modes of transportation to the University of Florida for 32 years, I applaud the recent pedestrian- and bicycle-related editorials in The Gainesville Sun.
I'd like to note one instance where the City of Gainesville has not been bike friendly. In the Florida Park neighborhood, the city has placed landscape planters between the curbs and speed bumps on NW 18th Terrace and NW 10th Avenue. The unintentional by-product of these planters is that bike riders are forced to converge into the path of motorized vehicles. This situation is an accident waiting to happen and is a result of poor planning.
Recently, I visited New York City, a city known for creative driving and jaywalking. While walking throughout Manhattan, I felt a lot safer than when being on foot in Gainesville. I concluded that this was because right turns on red lights are not permitted.
I realize this probably won't be adopted in Gainesville. If drivers would look to the right when turning right at red lights and stop signs, the situation for pedestrians would be significantly safer.
Lenny Rhine, Gainesville

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