Cheryl Szymanski's letter "Cyclists and Roads" shows the one-sided type of thinking that affects this country so negatively in the past 30 years. My letter is not so much about bicycling, but about the lack of thought that occurs with all of the important subjects of the day, such as politics, schooling, religion and on and on.
I agree with the bikers sometimes and with the drivers sometimes. The problem with Ms. Szymanski's letter is that she points out all the things bikers don't pay for (such as gas tax for the roads and car insurance and car registration) but doesn't balance her thinking by mentioning all the things bad about automobiles.
We need automobiles with our lifestyle. However, they do cost so much money by polluting the environment and actually making people sick and even die in some cases, which bikes don't do. They tear up the roads, which bikes don't do. If you are in an accident with a car, there is a decent chance of being killed or very badly injured. This is also possible with bikes but to a much lesser degree.
Also, people who bike regularly usually are more healthy and thus cost everyone else less for insurance and less for health care overall. As we know, the insurance and health care industries base premiums on total cost, so people who are in better physical shape bring down these costs.
So I think anybody reading this would have to agree that automobiles, and not bikes, cost this country much more in money and, more important, in lives. Let's start thinking about all sides of an argument!