Fabiola Santiago’s Jan. 11 column, Gimenez absent on bike safety, is obviously based on hearsay. As a cyclist, I appreciate the beauty of Key Biscayne, but I wouldn’t be caught dead riding my bicycle there. Not because of the cars or the speed limit, but because of the unsafe and arrogant cyclists that have total disrespect for the law.
Before sunrise, many cyclists ride without lights or even reflectors. Even though there is a dedicated cycling lane, cyclists spread out and ride in the vehicular lanes. That’s crossing a total of four lanes of traffic going 45 miles an hour.
Do drivers speed? Yes they do, and many get caught by law enforcement. But cyclists make dangerous improper crossings, constantly run through red lights and perform other unlawful acts without getting ticketed.
The whole cycling experience in Key Biscayne is a powder keg waiting for an accident to happen. Until laws for cyclists and motorists are enforced equally, injuries and deaths will continue.
Max Tojeiro, Miami