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Riding electric bikes in the street

Letter to the Editor

May 23, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Riding electric bikes in the street

To the Editor:

I am addressing this letter to Mayor Tracey Gore.

Dear Mayor Gore: I just found out you intend to either injure or kill me. I need to ride my electric bike in the street. I did not make the decision not to have bike lanes and make the sidewalks huge. That was the county's doing.

I have a car that can go 140 mph. Yet I only drive it a max of 25 mph on Estero Boulevard. My e-bike can only go 12 mph, and I need to pedal assist like crazy to make it go that fast. I do realize some of the new and more expensive bikes can go 25 mph. Yes, very dangerous on a sidewalk.

So I suggest a 10 mph speed limit on the sidewalks. It will not be hard to tell when someone is zipping along at a high speed.

I would love to ride a regular bike, however I had hip surgery and sometimes I just cannot do it. Don't tell me to walk because that hurts more.

I'd like to see my grandkids grow up. Please help me do that.

Don Hirhager

Fort Myers Beach



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