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Opinion: Truckee not a bicycle-friendly town

I read Jamie Brimer's Letter to the Editor, "Bike riders, not motorists, are the problem at Truckee-Tahoe," last week with some interest and I agree with every word. But I wish to make two points.

1. Cyclists are not trained or licenced … and they need to be. I'm sure some of these people don't even realize what a hazard they are to themselves and to an automobile driver's nervous system and temper, not to mention traffic flow. Then there are the athletic wannabes (and never will be) who think they have right to violate the traffic rules because…?

2. Our modern roads have grown and have been designed/redesigned without due consideration for cyclist safety. I won't cycle on West River Street because in places, there simply isn't enough room for cyclists and cars. In my opinion, the town of Truckee, like most other quaint old towns, does not have a bicycle-friendly infrastructure. This is ironic since when the modern "safety bike" was invented in the 1880s and came into general use when there were no stinking (i.e. smog-producing) cars with which to contend.

I used to cycle as much as 4,000 miles a year when I lived in Lancaster, Calif. I virtually stopped riding when I moved up here five years ago. If and when they redo West River Street, I might think it safe to ride West River over to Highway 89 and Squaw Valley.

Phil Kessel

Truckee