Re "Don't discourage bicyclists" (Letters, June 14): Prohibiting speeds above 15 mph on the American River Parkway trail not only excludes its use by competitive cyclists, but any cyclist seeking a fitness workout. A 15 mph limit to a cyclist is akin to preventing a runner from running faster than a 10-minute mile.
There are cyclists who are riding unsafely for the conditions. Packs of riders, particularly large ones riding two or more abreast, make for unsafe situations for others, including other cyclists. However, equally unsafe and at least as prevalent is the pedestrian who walks in the right lane and neither sees nor moves to the side for oncoming traffic.
A more refined approach is required to address a small number of bad actors. A 15 mph limit excludes the majority of cyclists from the safe enjoyment of the parkway.
-- Stan Foondos, Carmichael