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As a motorist, I am embarrassed that some of us choose to intimidate, harass and in some cases engage in criminal assault against both male and female cyclists. Thankfully, those drivers who engage in such action are a small minority.

As a cyclist I am dismayed that some of my fellow riders disobey bicycle operating codes: failing to obey stop signs and to use hand signals.

Vehicle operators and cyclists have a right to the road, and they have responsibilities to each other in order for all to be able to travel safely.

If you see unsafe driving and/or cycling, get evidence and report it. Take it upon yourself to become well-versed on the substance of current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation code relating to cycling. If you are unfamiliar with the code, visit the PennDOT website or call the department to request a copy.

Denigrating an entire group for the actions of a few is counterproductive and unfair. We are all cyclists, pedestrians and/or motorists or have a family member or loved one who is. We should travel in a manner that is conducive to individuals being able to arrive at their destinations safe and sound.

COLLEEN SPIEGLER
Upper St. Clair


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