I need to inform Jim Stainbrook (“Bike elsewhere” Nov. 6) that motor vehicles pay registration fees to help offset the damage and wear they cause to roadways from their weight and dripping fluids and to help pay for measures to offset the pollution from their emissions. Bicycles have neither of these deleterious effects.
Also, the roadway in question was just fine for cycling before CalTrans “fixed” it. If CalTrans “fixed” Route 46 by putting 6-inch potholes every few feet, you can bet plenty of motorists would be complaining, including I’m sure, Stainbrook. And finally, Stainbrook, although my bicycle did not cost this much, $3,000 is less than half of the cost of a high-end bicycle these days.
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