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Letter: Uneven playing field for bicycle riders


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From: Larita Killian

Columbus

Letters to the editor published on Jan. 15 and 30 address problems that arise when automobiles and bicycles share the road. I’d like to remind readers that our society devotes far more attention to safe automobile travel than to safe biking. This was amply demonstrated by the recent winter storms.

When we experience several inches of snowfall, the city sends out plows to clear the streets, and thank goodness it does. But where does all that snow go? The plow dumps it off to the side, onto the sidewalk. So now the street is virtually clear and the sidewalk has twice the snow as before, making it very difficult to walk on the sidewalks and impossible to ride a bike.

Several times in recent weeks, this double-dumping of snow onto the sidewalks has forced me onto busy streets where I would normally be walking or cycling on the sidewalk.

Before criticizing bicycle riders, please consider that actions to make travel safer and easier for autos can sometimes make it more difficult and less safe for those who walk or ride a bike. That’s another reason why we need to support people such as Laura Garrett and Laurence Brown who are working to promote safe, alternative transportation in Columbus.

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