Regarding the Herald's front-page article Monday June 28, "License to Ride?", let's not create an issue where none
exists. Should motorists and bicyclists be more considerate of one another? Yes. But since when is adding layers of
regulation, licensing and enforcement the answer to every little problem?
Bicyclists are part of the cultural and physical landscape in Durango, like any community with a high concentration
of athletes (Boulder or Colorado Springs, for instance). We should be grateful for the fact that Durango has become a
hub, and even destination, for such activity.
Let's leave law enforcement to carry on their task on issues that really matter, like stopping the spread of
methamphetamine and ensuring kids have safe routes to and from school on bike and foot.
Finally, regarding the common complaint about bicyclists "blowing through stop signs," my experience has been that
it's a lot safer and less aggravating for motorists if the bike clears the intersection as quickly as possible, so
long as it's safe and clear, rather than spend the extra time to get moving again.
Paul Whistler, Durango