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Bike lanes are a great idea

DEAR EDITOR:

Kudos to Niles City Council for retaining the new bike lanes on Hartzell Avenue.

I commute by bicycle frequently for errands, not requiring my car. These include for groceries, haircuts, drug store and hardware items.

Making our roads bike friendly has been shown to add quality of life to our communities. Bike riding is very good exercise. It also reduces gas consumption. Bike commuting can reduce traffic congestion and parking needs. For example, Pittsburgh now is connected by a series of designated bike lanes and trails. Bring a good bike lock, and forget the parking fees.

Europe has known the benefits of bike travel for decades. In Germany, designated railway cars transport bikes and their riders from city to city, allowing many to leave vehicles at home. There is less fuel consumption and reduces the country’s reliance on petroleum and improving their environment. That’s all more important now with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

I highly encourage Niles and surrounding communities to incorporate biking into the infrastructure. Bike lanes will make biking safer and more enjoyable, thus making it more popular. Let’s continue with those bike trails. The environment may thank us someday. Hartzell Avenue is a good start!

RAIMON SCHULTZ

McDonald

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