Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 | Regarding Keegan Kyle’s story on the “Critical Mass” bike event … It’s been more than two years since I was hit by a car while riding my bike to work. I suffered brain trauma, spent a week in intensive care and I still have some chronic pain left over. So I have no choice but to cheer the monthly protests of the Critical Mass bikers. San Diego is a horrid place to ride a bike because of our urban design and the behavior of most motorists. The symbolic act of cyclists taking over the streets drives home the point that reducing the speed and status of car traffic is a win for public safety. One night, about a year ago, I was driving home from Balboa Park when I got stuck at a Park Boulevard intersection as the Critical Mass folks circled their bikes in front of me. The bikers cheered while the guy in the car next to me cursed at them. I simply shut of my engine, watched and smiled as bikers eventually stopped circling and went on their way.

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