Delta's ordinary cyclists deserve safety, too

Editor:

The Tour de Delta and the City of Delta pulled out all stops to ensure the racers would be safe as they pedaled through our streets, blocked and padded for them.

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Fine. Well. And Good. Safety of participants must be paramount in these events, but what about us, Delta's resident pedalers who cycle every day of the week, 52 weeks a year? When are we going to get more than bikes painted along the curbs and so-called bicycle lanes that are de facto parking lanes and paths for pedestrians and dog walkers? Sidewalks ignored, unused.

Oh, I know, we don't sport the chi-chi-priced leotards embossed with corporate logos that the Tour de Delta racers wear, and I know that most of us are denying that "time stands still for no man," but we bleed, too. And we live here: taxpayers all.

And when is Delta's police department going to come down hard on drivers who play chicken with us or squeeze us into parked cars rather than brake or veer to the left? These sadistic cowards would never play chicken with another driver or squeeze other vehicles into parked ones, but they do both with us cyclists. As I said, they're sadistic creeps. Ticket them, please.

Greg J. Edwards

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