Consider cyclists’ need for safety
       In the April 14 edition of the Westside Pioneer, Brad Collins questioned the logic of newly elected City Council member Tim Leigh in reference to the bike/car sharrow. Collins asked Leigh to explain what he means by “changing the culture in Colorado Springs so that it will naturally attract a young, creative class.” I am sure Mr. Leigh was referring to those with new, young and creative ideas, and in no way was referring to a person's age.
       Collins further asks Leigh to state his source. The best source currently available in our library is “Cities for People” by Jan Gehl of Denmark. He is a senior citizen whose business is to consult with city leaders offering “new, young and creative solutions” for cities worldwide. His book illustrates how cultures have improved by implementing his suggestions.
       I have been a cyclist for 41 years and ride everywhere despite the weather or road conditions without the requirement of a motor vehicle.
       On the Westside, Pikes Peak Avenue isn't safe for cyclists because both motorists and cyclists run the stop signs on a regular basis. The Midland Trail is unsafe at Eighth and Cimmaron because of the lack of lines for the crosswalks, and yield signs being placed after the trail crossing, putting both cyclists and pedestrians at risk. These are only two examples of hazardous riding conditions for cyclists on the Westside.
       In reference to financial opposition whenever funds are being used for better cycling lanes, I would like to remind everyone that most cyclists do drive motor vehicles and pay the same taxes and licensing fees as anyone else.

Gary Daniels-Gillam