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Apologies to the Aspen police

Dear Editor:

First off, my apologies to the men and women of the Aspen Police Department for the cheap shots of my last letter (“Aspen’s finest need to get to work,” April 11, The Aspen Times).

Unfortunately lax enforcement of the “Bike Law” (no trademark) has led to frustration on my part. City Council needs to be raising, not lowering, fines ($100, $150 and $200). People wandering around sidewalks and malls – transfixed by the shiny stuff in windows – and bikers zipping by is just a bad idea.



I don’t think Opie would mistake Aspen for Mayberry, Mr. Editor. The fine should be $100; it’s an attention-getter. I think somebody in the government had the right idea at some point. Even with our “Western frontier heritage” you would get shot at if you rode your horse on the sidewalk (a $100 fine looks pretty good now, huh?).

The kids (even your 11-year-old whatever) should be riding the mean streets of the West End and learning the rules of the road. Furthermore, bikers in the core should be on the street only, running into stuff they won’t hurt. This ain’t rocket surgery, folks: pedestrians in one area; wheeled vehicles in another. Simple. The law is in place – just enforce it. As for all the whiners who don’t want to walk their bikes 100 feet … T.S. Once again, my bad, blue.



Michael Blake

Aspen


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