Letter to the editor: Cycle safety

Posted 9/18/19

True, bicycles have every right to use our roads, but should they? Do you really want to take your life in your hands by mixing your cycle with automobiles? Our son witnessed a cyclists’ death …

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Letter to the editor: Cycle safety

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True, bicycles have every right to use our roads, but should they? Do you really want to take your life in your hands by mixing your cycle with automobiles? Our son witnessed a cyclists’ death here in Arvada, because the cyclist violated the rules of the road. Cycling is a great sport, but is it wise to mix with heavy traffic, whatever your reason?

This dilemma has arisen due to a larger problem. We have not yet addressed mass transit in a meaningful way. State funds that were supposed to be directed toward this problem have been wasted, or worse, not spent on the problem. I don’t believe there is even one route that is profitable for our transit system, and this true all over the country. Getting to the bus or train is not always easy. Then when you arrive, you may not be close to your destination. We have created a transit system that is not user friendly and which gives little incentive to use the system rather than drive, or perhaps take your bicycle. I have visited other cities, such as Washington, DC, that have a usable transportation system. It is unforgivable that our metro area is not even close to a solution. Even back in the 1950’s Walter Winchell (you need to be my age to remember him), made public notice that Denver was not solving its problems.

William Hineser,
Arvada

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