- - Monday, January 27, 2014

In his diatribe against cyclists, “Self-righteous cyclists peddling a car-free world” (Commentary, Jan. 23), R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. accuses cyclists of being angry, but he cites no examples. Mr. Tyrrell uses the words of a college professor to accuse cyclists of being anti-automobile, and he claims that the “increase” in cyclists’ anger is a measure of the health of our society.

There are a number of cyclists in our family who ride for pleasure and conditioning. They are happy people who respect other’s rights. They own and enjoy automobiles, too.

Unfortunately, as of last August, there is one less cyclist in our family. She was killed while riding and obeying all safety regulations by a driver on a two-lane, steep hill with no shoulders and no passing (there were double yellow lines) and no visibility over the hill until the crest. The driver trying to save a few seconds tried to pass our daughter and killed her.

Our daughter’s death caused great enduring pain throughout our family. Her husband of 22 years lost his sweetheart; her children lost their mother. Perhaps Mr. Tyrrell could check with them about cyclist anger, particularly since the driver was completely wrong, but was not prosecuted.

After the accident, we met many cyclists. They are generally kind, considerate people whose principal legislative concern is their safety on the road.

They are not anti-automobile (our daughter’s family had an automobile for each adult) and use all the latest devices to enhance their cycling and safety. Many cyclists are killed and injured by drivers who ignore cyclist-safety laws.

If Mr. Tyrrell’s article was an attempt at humor, he failed miserably.

JOHN NAUGHTON

CAROLYN NAUGHTON

Silver Spring