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| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

In response to Colin McNickle's “Saturday essay: Cyclists want respect?” (Oct. 12 and TribLIVE.com), I note recent observations:

• Day 1 — Lost count of the number of drivers I saw talking on a cellphone or engaged in some other distraction(s) while their vehicle was in motion.

• Day 2 — Drivers who travel near or at the speed limit are “rewarded” with “high-beaming” and close passes by other drivers inconvenienced by such a “slow” pace.

• Day 3 — Witnessed three drivers throwing lit cigarettes out their windows.

• Day 4 — My husband and I were rear-ended by a driver traveling too fast around a blind curve.

By no means is every cyclist a responsible, sympathetic figure, but recklessness on our roads is hardly confined to those on two wheels, who must be vigilant in order to preserve their safety. Yet Mr. McNickle condones singling out one at which his ire is targeted.

Why? What does this accomplish, other than placing someone in harm's way and creating on our roads a cycle (pun intended) of contempt and disrespect for our fellow man and woman? Will McNickle apologize to the family of the next cyclist at whom an object is thrown from a moving vehicle or who is run off the road by a 4,000-pound SUV due in part to encouragement from someone of his stature?

Colleen Spiegler

Upper St. Clair

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