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Police should use bikes, not Segways

Letters to the Editor
Published September 27, 2006


Re: Move over, bike cops: It's all about Segway, Sept. 19.

I am surprised and saddened that the St. Petersburg Police Department has decided to purchase Segways instead of using bicycles.

I'm surprised that the Police Department has spent nearly $28,000 on only five scooters. Outfitting hybrid bicycles would have cost considerably less.

And I'm saddened that, in an age of overwhelming levels of obesity, the Police Department cannot set a better example, especially for children.

"They say it's a lot easier for people to approach an officer who is riding a Segway than one who is in a police car." It's even easier and cheaper to approach an officer on a bicycle.

Lynn Yetman, secretary, St. Petersburg Bicycle Club, Treasure island

Bicyclists need to warn walkers

As older citizens who enjoy regular early morning walks along Tampa Bay, we hope you will encourage bicyclists on that route to install warning signals of some sort on their bikes. We try to extend our hands to indicate intention to move right or left. Some bicyclists take care to raise a voice before they whiz past; others do not. Can a bell be activated when a biker observes one or two walkers some distance ahead?

At 87 and 90, we hope to continue walking a mile and a quarter six days a week.

Margaret and Gordon Torgersen, St. Petersburg

It's not just motorcyclists' fault

Thanks for printing two recent letters about motorcycle safety. Although the letter writers disagreed on some issues, both pointed out the importance of education for motorcyclists and car drivers.

Reports about motorcycle injuries and deaths seem to almost always focus on things that motorcyclists can do to prevent crashes. That gives the impression that car drivers don't need to do anything, that it's all the motorcyclist's responsibility and fault.

How about having one of your writers take full-fledged on-road motorcycle, car, semitrailer truck and bicycle safety classes and report what he or she learned? You'd be saving lives.

Kimberly Cooper, St. Petersburg