- - Thursday, September 5, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I hope New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be bold enough to rebuke the disproportionately influential bike lobby and move forward with his plans to rein in bicyclists (“Bill de Blasio eyes license requirement for bike riders,” Web, Sept. 4).

Just the week before last a 43-year-old cyclist suffered a fatal head injury after colliding with a pedestrian in Central Park. There were no cars involved. He died because we don’t have a helmet law, and we don’t have a helmet law because of bicycle-advocacy groups like Transportation Alternatives, which oppose this common-sense regulation for fear it will deter cycling.

Licensing provides accountability. Training and helmets save lives. And enforcement of laws promotes compliance. Any cyclist who would be deterred by these conditions is not the kind of cyclist we want on our streets, and any group that opposes such measures is clearly more concerned about promoting cycling than protecting cyclists.

GARY TAUSTINE

New York



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