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Letter: Think about bigger picture in bicycle debate

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From: Dave Pogue


To the editor:

This is a reply letter in response to the one published on Feb. 7 concerning “Uneven playing field for bicycle riders.”

That letter covered unsafe (or safe), however you want to read into it, conditions for bicycles and autos when snow has been dumped on sidewalks and the People Trail, making walking or riding bicycles impossible.

That would be an act of Mother Nature, and the city has enough problems to keep the roads cleared so the mail, heating fuel and prescriptions can be delivered.

Not mentioning police protection and firetrucks with ambulance response.

People have complained that not enough of the People Trail (recently, in fact, for the west side of town) has been cleared. But the city of Columbus has spent millions of dollars for these trails, not counting the costs to keep them cleared off, when rivers rise and leave debris for example.

After all this briefly being monitored, what are the bicyclists’, runners’ and walkers’ excuses in nice weather, when autos have to slow down and wait to go around when you are on the streets? And a People Trail not more than 20 feet from where you are running or cycling, or even riding in the lane so autos can’t pass.

Think about your own actions and the bigger picture of Columbus on auto travel vs. bicycles.

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