Jonathan Mann (“Backing bicycles,” Letter to the Editor, Dec. 31) makes the tired argument that cyclists are “forced” onto sidewalks by dangerous traffic. But this false and dishonest argument has been refuted many times. Once more, cyclists are never “forced” to ride bikes in the first place, thus it cannot be said that they are “forced” to ride in dangerous streets. Cyclists choose to ride bikes.

If Mr. Mann worries that cycling in streets is dangerous, he should not cycle in the first place. He should walk, or take a bus, taxi, or car. Cycling on sidewalks is never an option.

Cycling in public is a privilege, not a right. Cycling is only a right if you do it on your private road. But vehicles on public roads — including bikes — are subject to laws and restrictions.


Thomas M. Sipos

Santa Monica

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