Not so friendly

To the editor:

“Bicycle friendly” (Journal-World, May 15)? Hardly. I ride my bike nearly every day, and it has been only through sheer luck and humility that I have yet to be transformed into roadkill on Lawrence streets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been run over by some angry, impatient or distracted (texting! cellphones!) auto driver.

I’m aware that some cyclists don’t always set the standard for safe driving, but in the contest between auto and bike, the auto wins every time. I applaud our city leaders for working to gain the “bicycle-friendly” accreditation for Lawrence but suggest that they spend more time actually riding their bikes throughout town to understand just how unfriendly and dangerous our roads have become.