In your editorial (“Rare pedestrian deaths exploited by bicycle foes,” April 12), you say ‘enough already’ to the comments regarding deaths and injuries involving bicycles.
And you mention shooting deaths and deaths and injuries caused by drivers of cars. But shootings and driver-caused injuries and deaths are regularly reported. Injuries and deaths by bicyclists are not reported as often as they should be.
Since you also bring up age by referring to an older, mostly cranky audience (I am older and sometimes cranky), what is the average age of bicyclists involved in deaths and injuries? Does their age have something to do with their attitude that they can do whatever they want?
Also, it is often easier to see a car than it is to see a bicycle, especially when it is dark. Every weekday morning I see bicyclists going the wrong way down a one way street and treating red lights as stop signs. And why are the police not doing more by stopping and ticketing bicyclists when appropriate?
Bikes often hurt people
Obviously the writer of your editorial has never been hit by a bicycle (“Rare pedestrian deaths exploited by bicycle foes,” April 12). I have. While walking on the sidewalk. I was knocked off my feet and suffered painful bruises for two weeks. Just like the thousand other people who are hit by bikes each year, I didn’t report it. There are thousands more close calls caused by bicyclist riding illegally on the sidewalks.
I’ve put thousands of miles on my bike and have been walking San Francisco sidewalks for 36 years. I have NEVER seen a bicyclist get a ticket. Not once. Pedestrians are fed up with the danger they face every day and are angered that the careless cyclist who killed a pedestrian last year got off with community service.
Cars hurt more than bikes
Theodore Carl Soderberg (Letters, April 10) asks how many more people have to die from bicycles in San Francisco. To answer, I would like to point him to the same edition of your paper that reported that 18 pedestrians were hit by bicycles in 2010, while a whopping 811 pedestrians were hit by cars.
Yes, there are some bicyclists who need to learn how to ride safely, but the statistics show that there is a far greater concern, namely automotivism, which kills more Americans in traffic accidents each year than the entire Vietnam War; which requires oil wars that destabilize the economy and geopolitics; and which pollutes the planet and melts the ice caps, threatening to flood the world’s cities and cause unimaginable suffering and death.
If Soderberg questioned this, instead of bicycling, perhaps there would be fewer tragedies on the road and in the world.
Launch fails on many levels
The recent controversial North Korean rocket launch proved to be a failure, flying for only about a minute and then breaking apart into several pieces.
This is quite fitting: broken rocket, broken country.
With many of its people starving, North Korea continues to waste countless amounts of money on such fruitless endeavors. It is estimated that it could afford to feed its entire population for a year for what it spends on one missile launch.
With these twisted priorities no wonder North Korea is in such dire straits.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman