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Letters | Open season on cyclists?

Too many irresponsible bike riders

GEORGE RIZER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE 2012

RE “AS cycling gains popularity, an anti-cyclist bias remains” (Editorial, Feb. 24): I’m a retiree in my 70s who cycles as a means of getting around. It’s a wonderful way to exercise the aging muscles, and my cardiologist tells me it’s a good approach to staying heart-healthy, especially since I suffer from heart disease and had a bypass 11 years ago. Still, when I show up for visits to my medical provider, I’m often met with curiosity — this older guy with a backpack and bike helmet. I’m admonished to be careful out there because of the hazards of riding in the city.

Your editorial suggests an underlying animosity toward bike riders by drivers — something I have not really experienced. Sure, there are times when I’m waiting to cross at a crosswalk with signs clearly ordering cars to yield to pedestrians (which includes dismounted bike riders), and quite often drivers ignore the law.

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What I do find routinely is that a high percentage of bike riders throughout Boston tend to ignore red lights, often ride without lights at night, and too often show a disdain for motor vehicles by displaying acts of anarchy — weaving in and out of traffic, turning without signaling. When I’m stopped at a red light along with cars, I know that if there are bike riders behind me they will inevitably proceed through. I often shout, “Red light,” but, of course, I am ignored except for the occasional obscene gesture.

Your editorial brings attention to a matter that should be of concern to both responsible bike riders and drivers.

Michel L. Spitzer

Jamaica Plain

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