The police have a new program to stop bicyclists who break traffic laws, announced in a just-issued press release. While I agree with the idea, I think Edina needs to think more broadly about this issue. First there is the issue of traffic design. It is currently very difficult to safely travel through certain parts of the city on bike. While Edina does enforce the speed laws, speeding, particularly on heavily travelled roads in common, and the places where bike travel are too close to traffic at the speed cars and trucks are driving, particularly as many have become larger and less maneuverable. Second, there is driver behavior. I'd bring up the failure of a very large percentage of drivers to signal their turns, Where this is a special problem for bike riders is when cars pull in front of a bike, fails to signal and turn right. Another is when a vehicle is going from the opposite direction and turns left. This failure to signal intention is dangerous driving, gives the bicyclist no time to react, and is likely to result in a severe injury or direct. Combine that with not fully stopping a stop sign and pulling out in front of a bicyclist who has right of way, opening a car door without looking . . . I could go on. The biggest toll of these driver practices - none of which is justified - is fear on the part of people who would want to use our streets to ride their bikes, which means they stay home or drive, which is both unhealthy and increases traffic congestion. So in other worlds, if the police are going to have a campaign targeted unsafe bicycling, please at the same time remind us that most often when cyclists are injured or killed, a motor vehicle has done the damage. And motorists should realize that stopping a bike at a stop sign involves a lot more effort than using your turn signal.