Keeping cyclists safe


The tragic death of the cyclist Aaron Cohen has been well covered by the news media. As a resident of Key Biscayne, I am very familiar with the need for safety of the many cyclists (single and roaming packs) who enjoy the paths and share the roadways with heavy vehicular traffic especially during the summer months and the traditional beach holidays such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day.

The May 10 article, Tragedy is rallying point for cyclists, illuminates the difficulty of people who are familiar with the issue such as other cyclists or those who have an interest and endorse a curative change to existing law such as Cohen’s widow.

The tone of the article was that the punishment to Mr. Traverso was inadequate and that an impaired driver should not be able to avoid appropriate punishment by reporting the crime after sufficient delay for sobriety.

The article detailed the perspective of the legislators seeking change in an opaque system even where there is grassroots support and little opposition and it speaks of the mandatory minimum sentence for drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident.

Richard E. Tejera, Key Biscayne

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • Ray Allen home was violated

    Young people who are 18 and 19 are not “teens.” They are, at best, young adults, eligible to vote and serve in the military. Teens younger than this have been charged and convicted as adults for murder and other crimes.

  • Riots and rubble

    We need to keep a clear perspective about the world. A black youth is killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo. I took note because I grew up in Webster Groves, a hop, skip and jump from Ferguson. Michael Brown allegedly was shot six times in broad daylight with his hands up. This seems excessive. There’s much confusion swirling, and we’ll have to wait until it is sorted out.

  • No fear

    Re Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s Aug. 17 letter, Same-sex marriages would open Pandora’s Box: I do not see a Pandora’s Box. I see sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, cousins, the dearest of friends. I want to give them my love and support for all good things; not limits on aspirations, ambitions and fulfillment, that are rooted in fear. I do not fear a Pandora’s Box. I am Roman Catholic and I was told, “Be not afraid.”

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category