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Letter: Bicycling injuries from ragged roads

A cyclist crosses the Brooklyn Bridge during the

A cyclist crosses the Brooklyn Bridge during the evening commute August 25, 2009 in New York City. Recent improvements in biking infrastructure have led to a 35 percent increase in bicycle commuting in the center of the city between 2007 and 2008. Credit: Getty Images / Mario Tama

The poor condition of our roads has far more serious consequences than the vehicle damage and passenger discomfort mentioned in a recent letter ["Rough roads need urgent repair," July 7].

As a member of two Long Island bicycle clubs, I have witnessed and been informed of several accidents over the past few weeks that were a result of the horrible road conditions. Contrary to common belief, road hazards, not cars, are the cause of most cycling injuries.

In the past two weeks alone, eight of our fellow riders have suffered severe road rash and broken shoulders, ribs, arms and pelvises. These were the result of potholes obscured by poor lighting , or sand and potholes that were unavoidable in the bicycle lanes on heavily traveled roads.

Filling the holes is a temporary and insufficient fix for the majority; they need to be properly resurfaced.

Salvator Levy, Huntington