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Vail Daily letter: Cyclists’ rights

Andrej Birjulin
Vail, CO, Colorado

This is in response to (Eagle resident) Ken Wilson’s rant against bicyclists published on July 22. Ken, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Fortunately, the Colorado Legislature has upheld the rights of bicyclists to use the roadways time and time again because they recognize that the benefits to society far outweigh the risks.

Rather than scorning those that are engaging in an activity that has tremendous physical and mental health benefits, you should take a moment to reflect on the burdens to society that are engendered by an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and skyrocketing obesity rates.

You must also remember that your coveted construction jobs in Eagle County are predominately driven by the lure of recreational activities that most certainly includes road-biking.

So the next time you get behind the wheel and come upon a bicyclist, take a deep breath and don’t take out your misplaced frustration on someone looking to exercise or commuting to work.

That extra 10-20 seconds it takes to let up on the gas of your metal coffin to make a safe pass will have no real impact on your commute time. Don’t forget that the bicyclist you are passing could be your neighbor, your co-worker, your wife’s best friend or even the governor of Colorado.

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Andrej Birjulin

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