Poor Dick (I don’t know Richard personally, but I feel I know him well enough from his letter to call him Dick) made the usual unimaginative argument. Bikes are too slow, they have inadequate lighting, blah, blah, blah. I did enjoy, however, his point that bikes have poor braking systems for ice.
Yeah, all those cars I see sliding through intersections are stopping really well. Come on, Dick, when was the last time you saw a bicycle sliding uncontrollably through a red light? Ever study physics, big guy?
Now, this Dick guy has a valid argument when he says more winter riders should wear reflective gear, obey traffic laws and use hand signals. But to write that “we can and must ban bicycles from our streets” is a bit of an overreaction.
I have a better idea: Let’s ban Dicks from obtaining drivers licenses.