Bicycles don’t belong in city traffic

Politicians should ask if bike lanes are what we want, rather than just giving an overly powerful lobby everything they want.

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A biker rides beside cars down a protected bike lane on Sept. 2022 in the Loop.

A biker rides beside cars down a protected bike lane on Sept. 2022 in the Loop.

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Am I the only one who has noticed that building bike lanes to make cycling in city traffic safe is a lot like putting filter tips on cigarettes to make smoking tobacco safe? A cosmetic change isn’t going to change the fact that for traffic, the bicycle is a fatally flawed product from the start.

My car has hard metal floorboards to protect my legs; hard metal doors to protect me in a side collision; seat belts and air bags to protect my face and ribs in case of a front collision; upholstered seat backs to protect my spine; a roof to protect me when the weather turns bad; and four wide tires arranged in a rectangle on two axles for maximum stability.

The bicycle has none of these features and only two narrow wheels arranged front to back for maximum instability. Bicycles simply don’t belong in city traffic.

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Instead of spending the taxpayers’ money to force more bike lanes down the public’s throats, perhaps the politicians could learn to ask us first if this is what we want, rather than just giving an overly powerful lobby everything they want.

C.R. Green, Uptown

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But unlike our segregated city, the school is integrated well, meaning all the diversity can actually be found within one place — namely, inside the walls of the school. A real melting pot, the school draws kids from all 50 wards with both the richest and poorest kids in the city attending, and everything in between.

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