Kelly Seibel’s Jan. 2 letter, Irresponsible cyclists, brings to the forefront the challenges of living in a city that’s not designed for cycling. Florida law clearly states that roads belong to both cyclists and motorists, and the responsibilities that go along with sharing the road fall upon both groups. It is up to all to obey traffic laws, to be cordial and considerate to one another and to yield when necessary to avoid accidents and injury.
The group noted in Ms. Seibel’s letter didn’t adhere to the simple rule of yielding to an emergency vehicle. Our club and the vast majority of cyclists do not condone such behavior. All experienced cyclists understand the risks of our sport. Our top priority is our safety and the safety of others around us, and we know that the law helps to protect us.
We want all motorists and cyclists to comply with the rules and laws, and an overwhelming majority of cyclists do exactly that. We know that we are taking up space on the roads in an urban, automobile-dominated society. Although we may inconvenience a motorist for a few seconds, we ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to enjoy our sport.
Better yet, join us on a bike and become one of the thousands of people discovering the wonderful benefits of cycling.
Gregory Neville, president, Everglades Bicycle Club, Miami