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Letters: Bicycling on LI requires caution

Cyclists ride under a canopy of trees.

Cyclists ride under a canopy of trees. Credit: AP / Cal Woodward

The letter writer who said bicyclists are freeloaders is either delusional or jealous ["Drivers pay lots while cyclists freeload," Letters, Sept. 18]. Many more car drivers break traffic laws than cyclists. Cycling is a valid alternative transportation, and not just selfish, as the letter writer claimed.

Cyclists don't pollute the air and they're getting exercise, which for this obese generation is a good thing.

Tara Valot, Freeport

Unfortunately, there are some irresponsible bicycle riders, but most of us are law-abiding, taxpaying citizens. We also usually have valid driver's licenses and registered cars. We pay our share to the state coffers.

Granted, in New York City there are people who bike to and from work as their only means of transportation. But do we really want more government control of this means of transportation?

Michael Halderman, Holbrook

Now that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has made the relatively empty gesture of bicycling to his bus stop for one day, I hope he will take notice of the danger and difficulty Suffolk County roads present cyclists ["Bellone bikes to work for LI's Car Free Day," News, Sept. 23].

It should come as no surprise to any resident who has been atop a bicycle that Bicycling magazine recently named Suffolk County America's "Worst City for Cyclists." This designation comes despite our open spaces and despite not being a city at all!

Perhaps Bellone and the county legislature will take notice and begin a program to make it feasible for residents to actually bicycle to work daily, enjoy a weekend ride with the children or leave the car in the driveway when on errands.

Paul Pepper, Huntington

Steve Bellone set a great example when he biked to work in support of the second annual Car Free Day Long Island. This movement to celebrate more sustainable forms of transportation was time well spent.

As chief executive of H2M, one of Long Island's largest architecture and engineering firms, and a lifelong Long Islander, I'm proud that my firm chose to expand our company headquarters on Route 110 in Melville. However, we know full well the challenges of growing a business in an area with no mass transit. Like so many other firms on Long Island, we are in a constant struggle to attract young talent looking for easy commuting options that we can't offer.

I stand ready to support Bellone's vision to develop bus rapid transit along Route 110.

Rich Humann, Melville