Letter: Bike lanes would make bike riding attractive
Regarding the Courier's April 24 editorial condemning bike lanes on Sixth Street, don't you think your 2 percent bicyclist statistic is a little skewed?
First of all, you state that only 2 percent of the population uses bicycles "exclusively" for transportation. What percentage uses bicycles partially for transportation? I doubt that even 2 percent of the population uses air travel "exclusively." Should we eliminate all the airports as well?
Secondly, your statistic is distorted because you don't know how many people would use bicycles if we actually had a viable bike lane system. I in no way consider myself a bicyclist, but I would use mine more often if it didn't mean jeopardizing my life every time I got on it.
Traffic law enforcement is virtually nonexistent in Prescott and that coupled with the lack of bicycle lanes makes every bike ride here a game of Russian roulette.
My family and I used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood every evening until our back streets became the detour for the Copper Basin Road construction. Now our quiet neighborhood has become a perilous motor speedway just like most every other arterial street in Prescott.
You would think that with all the problems of automotive transportation such as pollutants, foreign oil dependency, traffic congestion, etc. our city leaders would be doing everything possible to promote transportation alternatives instead of doing just the opposite.
And finally, in this day and age of increasing obesity, I think that it is imperative that we be especially adhering of any alternatives that will help in promoting better health habits.
John Malott, Prescott