WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The bicycling safety story that appeared on the 32 Daily Voice websites throughout Westchester County last week sparked a lively debate among readers, many of whom voiced their thoughts in the comments section under the story.
Which bicycling safety issue is most important/problematic to you?View Results
Which bicycling safety issue is most important/problematic to you?
Enforcement of helmet laws14%
Bicyclists riding in large, wide groups74%
Lack of lights/turn signals on bicycles5%
Reader Hal Samis felt that helmets should not be the focal point of bicycling safety discussions.
“If helmet laws are truly intended to lessen injury, they should be limited to those wearing the biker gear and riding at high speed in packs on heavily trafficked road,” Samis wrote.
Samis also called the wearing of helmets “an annoyance, uncomfortable, unfashionable and an intrusion.”
Steve Morton wrote that rear blinking LED lights should be mandatory for cyclists and that bicycle lanes should be marked with a different color than the rest of the road. Morton also advocated the enforcement of helmet laws.
Reader lynda.n.fisher commented that she has “yet to see a bicyclist stop at a red light or stop sign” and recommended vehicle registration and insurance for cyclists.
Finally, reader GoJo73 recounted a story in which a large group of bicyclists blocked the road and banged on the side of his car as he drove past them.
Please take our poll on bicycle safety to the left and write in your comments below.