Mr. Moser's Hateful Attitude

RECEIVED Sat., Aug. 9, 2008

Dear Editor,
    While I agree that the actions of the Critical Mass cyclists in the automobile driver altercation in Seattle, as described by Stephen Macmillan Moser [“After a Fashion,” Aug. 1], are deplorable, his characterization of cyclists as children stands as an example of ignorance on the other side of the issue. It is a real shame that Mr. Moser was not able to continue his good childhood habit of bike riding into adulthood. It was also very disappointing to read the author pretend to understand the perspective of cyclists by stating that he would like to see bikes have their own lanes, but then suggest it would be better for cyclists to have a park, “like a dog park.” I hope Mr. Moser’s derogatory depictions of cyclists were formed based on the Critical Mass article alone and not his belief overall, and I hope that next time, he can think before he writes and create something worthwhile to help bridge the gap between cyclists and anti-cyclists. We live in a time where lifestyles promote sedentary behavior; obesity and diabetes are on the rise, as well as associated health care costs. The main benefits of regular exercise are undeniable. With the rising cost of fuel, fitting in your exercise by biking to work or school makes more sense than ever. This is only possible by sharing the road with vehicles. As Austin grows, I hope we can find a way to build a safer infrastructure for cyclists and educate those with hateful attitudes like Mr. Moser's.
Amy Suders
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