Thanks to Susanne Fletcher for her valuable insight into the obnoxious, uninformed, pompous attitude that seems to pervade the Durango cycling community (Letters, Herald, June 23).The next time she encounters an iPod-clad hiker with three dogs on the trail, hopefully she'll be aware of the rules of the trail which state, among other things, that bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel (from www.imba.com). Maybe she'll even get off the bike and walk it around the hiker. Yeah, right. Also, while I, too, prefer dogs to be leashed, voice command is perfectly lawful in La Plata County.
Alas, we all have experienced how bicycles and lawlessness seem to go hand-in-hand - on- and off-trail here. How many times have we all seen cyclists blow through red lights, ride in packs while failing to yield to traffic, or toss their garbage on the road or in someone's mailbox? Every visitor I've had here, without exception, has commented, "If that biker had pulled nonsense like that in (name of hometown), he'd be dead by now!"
Perhaps the "Share the Road" signs should be accompanied by "Bikes Keep Right" signs, as they are in most places in the United States. I used to ride regularly, but I won't ride in Durango lest I'd be incorrectly perceived as being associated with the idiots here.
Fletcher's comments about the iPod were also way out of line. I've been hiking with a Walkman for years. At modest volume, I can hear everything around me that I need to, including a friendly hello from some insolent cyclist a second and a half before I'm nearly mowed down.
It really bugs me when some holier-than-thou lectures me on exactly how I'm supposed to "enjoy" my wilderness experience when I'm not unjustly impinging on anyone or anything.
Please folks, show a little respect for all trail users. The rules are there so everyone can enjoy the experience. It only takes one fool with a poor attitude to ruin everybody's fun.
Robert Barry, Durango