Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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Chill, motorists

Hostile motorists: Your anger is not productive. Yelling from your car, "Ride on the f***ing bike path, b**ch" is not productive. The fact is, bicycles may be operated legally on any road in Iowa except the interstate or where it is explicitly prohibited. If you want a bicycle-free drive, stick to the interstate.

Wide sidewalks — please don't call them "bike paths" — are a nice option for novice cyclists, families who want to bike with their children, joggers, etc. They are not mandatory for bicycles. You may not like seeing me on the road, but at least you see me.

Drivers, you are encased in and operating lethal weapons. It is on you to look out for those of us not so protected.

Bicyclists lower the cost of gas, save parking spots, filter out airborne particulates in their pink lungs — for you. The idea behind the wide sidewalks was to increase cycling. However, I have seen an increase in angry, rude motorists. If that is going to be the case, they can pull all the sidewalks back up. I'll feel safer.

Brenda Conry
North Liberty resident

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