Dear Supervisor Liz Kniss:
I am writing to urge you to strongly oppose Michael Murdters’ attempt to shut down recreational cycling. Michael Murdter has a long history of trying to restrict bicycle use in the county (both recreational and commuter).
Similar action in Alameda County shut down the Cherry City Century which had been run for 22 years and tried to shut down the Mt Hamilton Challenge which had been run for 35 years. The rides targeted are not events requiring special closure of road. They are general recreation rides and often are used by charities to raise money. Recreation should not be a crime.
Cycling dramatically improves the health of the population. Many recreational cyclists also commute by bicycle, reducing traffic and its associated problems. Over the years I have commuted by bike about 30,000 miles instead of driving. Shouldn’t activities that are good for the county be encouraged rather than prohibited?
Please stop this misguided legislation.