Comment of the Day

Reader: Enough with us-versus-them arguments when it comes to bicycles and cars

As our Sam Levin has documented, Denver is on its way to setting an all-time bike accident record -- and his posts on the subject have fired up readers with a preference for two wheels over four, and vice versa.

Of course, many of us are both riders and drivers, as this reader notes.

Huthbot writes:

Sounds like a fantastically ideal police state. While we're at it everybody should probably register their shoes, skateboards, razor scooters, roller blades and everything else that's manually powered that might end up in the street or on the sidewalk (also government funded), and if your kids want to play a game of hockey or football or just have a catch in the cul-de-sac well they had better get a permit. It used to be us against them, now, with the help of some poorly timed journalism, they are pitting us against us. We all have the same goal: to get where we are going as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. There are bad eggs on both sides of this argument but more commonly there are shinning positive examples on both sides. I'd say most people on the road, be it on a bike or in a car, are doing their best to accommodate and be considerate of everyone else around them. I don't think the answer is going to come by way of more forced private expenditures. I know I have a hard enough time dealing with the DMV, Denver parking authority, private parking and tow lots and all the late fees doled out by each, do we really want to feel monetarily obligated to the government every time we walk out our front doors? Sometimes I want to ride my bike sometimes I need to drive either way I'd rather not feel targeted.

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