LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Inconvenience and caution are the price to pay to raise money for a worthy cause
June 17, 2010
I write in response to Beter Youngman’s letter regarding the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride event. For five years I have volunteered as a motorcycle assist, and I couldn’t agree with you more. Cyclists are asked to keep single file but most of the time it’s like herding monkeys. The few volunteers can’t police 3,000-plus riders, so instead we try to help motorists pass, often risking our own safety. Suggestions to our city officials for better organization might help. Each rider pays more than $100 to participate. A substantial amount is made for Leukemia, not to mention what it brings to local businesses. For an event this size, and the money attached to its continued success, a little more attention to its rules and safety isn’t much to ask. I do have to say, however, that there are just as many rude and dangerous drivers as there are inconsiderate bike riders. For now all I can say is consider the inconvenience and frustration we locals share, as our small contribution to leukemia and lymphoma. At least that’s how I manage to stay calm.
South Lake Tahoe