MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York lawmaker says it's too dangerous for people on eastern Long Island to ride bicycles or motorcycles on the street.
Suffolk County legislator Thomas Barraga (buh-RAH'-guh) made the claim in a letter to the son of a Long Island woman who was injured by a car while bicycling.
Newsday (http://bit.ly/LY68FB ) reports that Barraga contends no one in Suffolk County should ever ride a bike or motorcycle on county roads.
He says drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicycles or motorcycles.
The teenager wrote to the lawmaker suggesting bike lanes or signs warning drivers to be careful.
The executive director of the New York Bicycling Coalition says cycling fatalities in Suffolk made up almost 20 percent of the state's total.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com