Pro Mass

Why another pro-Critical Mass article (“Pedaling Diego,” Cover Story, December 30)? Completely overlooks the fact that these people break all traffic laws, unlike cars.

  • @RealPrincessKim
  • via Twitter

Load Your Bike On Your Car

Dear Reader:

I can tell you I am one of the original bikers that started the bike movement in San Diego. Twenty years ago none of these people were out there riding bikes (Cover Story: “Pedaling Diego,” December 30). Unless every one of these lazy motorists gets out of their cars, the current bike movement means nothing. These lazy people cannot even get out of the gross polluting cars on a Sunday. The traffic grows worse all the time. What good is it when people load their bikes on their cars and drive to the park to go riding? The bike movement is a lost cause in this country full of fat, lazy pigs.

  • David Lesser
  • via email

Road Rules

Re: “Pedaling Diego,” “Cover Story,” December 30.

I moved to San Diego in July 2009, and it’s the largest city I’ve lived in and cycle-commuted in. I’ve biked to work about 60 percent of the time in St. Pete; Memphis; Portland, Maine; and several smaller cities and rural areas in the last 20-plus years, so San Diego represented a traffic and density challenge I hadn’t encountered before. I now ride a 23-mile round trip that begins in Normal Heights. After six months of acclimation, I consider San Diego to be reasonably bike-friendly; not what it has the potential to be considering its climate and SoCal location, but it’s certainly no Houston.

I wrote to make two points. First, the description of what Mr. Manson calls “Sherman” in his description of a morning ride to the SANDAG building was, I believe (based on description and proximity to Florida Canyon), probably Pershing Drive. That was one of several routes I explored in my first weeks here, because it was included in the SANDAG bike map. Despite my experience and confidence as a commuting cyclist, I was forced to stop and assess when Pershing suddenly offered an onramp to I-5 on my right, with traffic coming from behind me on the left, and no traffic control to mitigate the flow and accommodate cyclists. The obvious short-term remedy is not to include it on a bike map as though it represents a safe cycling choice.

Second, I want to point out what becomes obvious as one accumulates more experience as a bike commuter but was not addressed in the article. Bikes are vehicles and must adhere to the same rules of the road as cars. The more routinely you abide by the rules (which make your travel predictable for drivers), the less likely you are to be involved in an accident and the more goodwill you generate among motorists. If you disregard the rules of the road, it’s unreasonable to expect the legal and physical protection that those rules afford you.

  • Scott Young
  • Normal Heights

Cover Coolness

I just want to comment on the cover to the December 30, 2010 issue of the Reader, the one with all the bicycles — and then there’s one lane for automobiles. That is the coolest cover I have seen in a long time. It’s a pretty fantastic photograph/illustration.

  • Steve Terry
  • El Cajon

Just Too Fast

Regarding your article “Pedaling Diego” (“Cover Story,” December 30). I guess gone are the days when a person would mount his $100 used one-speed bike, ride slowly through the neighborhood greeting friends, maybe stop at the grocery store, observe nature, improve your health and that of the earth’s, and heighten your spiritual awareness. Now, as with everything, biking is all about speed, high technology, money, and aggression. What a tragedy.

  • P.H.
  • Normal Heights

Kids, Guns, Beer, Cocktails

This is in response to December 30’s “Letters to the Editor,” a letter by William Adams (“Rug Rats Ain’t Easy”).

I fail to understand what the right to carry has to do with being a parent. I happen to think children shouldn’t be at cocktail parties, but as the mother and grandmother of a large family, I think it’s OK if they’re at a barbecue with beer. I agree guns and alcohol don’t mix. I respect his First Amendment rights. I hope he would respect my Second Amendment rights.

  • Dale
  • Clairemont

A Bowl Of Cherries

Mr. Elliott: You could not possibly have intended your list of Great Depression cinematic cherries to be comprehensive (Movie Review, December 30). Otherwise, how could you ever have omitted the all-time cherry of the silver screen, Miss Claudette Colbert? She remains the only woman ever that starred in three films nominated for best picture in the same year (1934).

The ’30s remain the greatest decade in the history of cinema. Some other cherries you passed by: Jean Arthur, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, the Barrymores, Wallace Beery, Edward Everett Horton. There is no way to make a comprehensive list in a single column.

As for Astaire and Rogers, whenever I need a visit from Fred and Ginger, all I have to do is put them in and press play. I recommend that everyone do the same.

  • John Pertle
  • Santee

Okay, Fans, Ante Up

I have a plan for Mr. Fantano so he can save the Chargers for the glorification of San Diego (“Letters to the Editor,” December 30).

First, he needs to start a website named keep.the.chargers.in.san.diego.com. On this site he needs to appeal to all Chargers fans in the world to contribute to a “Save the Chargers” fund and use this money to build a Vegas-style stadium that no one could leave. $1000 donations from each fan should be good for starters. Dedicated fans pay $5000 each. Then every restaurant who serves players, fans, staff, etc., should kick in too. And every employee of every restaurant antes up. Any company, any employee that benefits from the Chargers needs to feed the kitty. And the kitty is hungry.

Maybe every big donor can have a seat with his name on it. Smaller donors get their name engraved on a memorial wall. Fans that don’t donate — well, the foundations need support too.

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