Update: See Ms Ballingall’s comment below for her apology and explanation.
The town of Saratoga, California is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose, CA. It’s a popular area for Silicon Valley road cyclists to ride to and through. While the city of Saratoga considers cyclist safety an important issue, Saratoga Transportation Safety Commission chair Brigitte Ballingall has a different view of cycling. “I think it’s an idiotic sport to do on the road – it’s just insane,” she was quoted as saying in this news about cycling safety in Saratoga.
Cyclists are asked to “be nice” in their emailed comments to her as they explain that cycling is a relatively safe activity that can be enjoyed by almost anybody. For more information about the Saratoga Transportation Safety Commission, see the city website.
Hat tip to Paul on the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition mailing list for this news.