As a reasonably fit and skilled bike rider of 74, I am offended by Linda Grist Cunningham’s March 30 Other Views article, Boomers on bikes need three wheels.
Not everyone over 50 has sat in a chair for the past 20 years and lived a sedentary lifestyle. Such a generalization would stir an outcry if it involved race, gender or nationality. She can rage against lack of common sense or bemoan many people’s sad physical condition, but she is going to stir up a hornet’s nest if she keeps attacking seniors. Some of us are pretty feisty — and in pretty good shape.
Anyone who has not ridden a bike or motorcycle, skated, sailed, flown a plane, driven a car, jumped rope, jogged, skied, swam or hiked for 20 years may need practice before doing these things in a manner or place where they endanger themselves and others.
This has little to do with age and everything to do with skill, physical condition and common sense.
It would be a shame if Cunningham does indeed have an expanding rear end and a paunch so that she needs to ride a tricycle now. But she can get tips on getting back in shape from many sources, including — so help me — AARP.
Edward A. Hammatt Jr., South Miami