I disagree with Cheryl Szymanski's June 11 letter, "Cyclists and Roads," and her argument that cyclists should not be on the road because they do not "pay their fair share." Pittsburgh is doing a good job promoting cycling and "sharing the road" and should continue these efforts.
Biking provides healthy exercise, reduces air pollution and reduces the cars on the road and traffic. Many students in Oakland cannot afford a car payment, gas or maintenance and use bikes to commute to class. If bikes are not permitted on the road, where would they be -- on sidewalks?
I would go a step further and suggest legislation that when new roads are built or maintained a bike lane (shoulder) must also be constructed. This would improve cycling safety and convenience.