Dear CHP,

This issue’s photo essay on fixed-gear bicycles seems to blame automobile drivers for all the accidents between bikes and cars. While there is blame on both sides, I see many fixed-gear riders blasting past stop signs, ignoring red lights, and riding at night with no lights. Is it really smart to ride a bike you are not capable of stopping quickly? In addition, the vast majority of fixed-gear riders do not seem to wear bike helmets (including the riders in all the pictures in the photo essay), which have been shown to reduce traumatic brain injuries by up to 88 percent. Fixed-gear riders need to take responsibility for their reckless riding habits.

Henry Symons

Third-year, Environmental Studies and Politics major