Letter to the editor: Bicycle benefits

To the editor:

Having been ranked sixth in the top U.S. cities for bicycling, I hope that Lawrence does not rest on its laurels. As a frequent cyclist, there’s still much work yet to be done. First and foremost, teaching and encouraging children to ride their bikes to school. Surely one of the saddest sights in Lawrence are the endless car-caravans to drop off/pick up children (K-ninth grade) and the crowded student parking lots at high schools. Would that the day comes when parents and children feel comfortable and safe pedaling to and from school!

For those who have not been on a bike for a while, I would encourage them to test drive a newer model, which is much more comfortable and easier to handle than your 1970s Schwinn. For the cost of a single car payment or two, you can find a bike that will both improve your health and checkbook.

Lawrence has its biking challenges (e.g., cars, careless/texting drivers, potholes, steep hills, steamy heat and frigid cold), but the city continues to improve the overall cycling infrastructure. It’s almost possible today to circumnavigate the entire city along an improved trail. While those addicted to the auto can’t see it, there’s no question that our city would be a better place to live if more residents rode a bike.

Ray Finch,

Lawrence

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