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Cyclists, put money where your needs are

Bicyclists exhibit a sense of entitlement in complaining about lack of parking for bikes and the danger of theft, apparently expecting someone else to pay for bike racks and security (“Fighting bike theft should be part of parking plan,” Letters, July 12). Why not install racks with locks and parking meters? The money might even fund bike parking, paths, or lanes.

Cyclists would park and lock the bike and enter a personal code. Later, they would insert money or a credit card and the code to release the bike and ride home. People could even be hired to watch the bikes.

Drivers of cars have to pay excise tax and insurance and pay to park. Why do bicyclists think they are so privileged?

Thomas Neff