Suffolk County Legislator tell bicyclists to stay home…and NYBC responds
In September 2013 West Islip resident Sandy Cutrone was struck and seriously injured by a careless driver while riding her bike on Montauk Highway. A few months later her son Matthew wrote a letter to Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Barraga, expressing concern about the safety of roadways in the county for bicyclists and suggesting a number of solutions to address the problem.
This 2012 crash in West Islip injured a 15 year-old cyclist. Source: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/bicyclist-15-critically-injured-in-crash-1.3994338
In a January 29 letter to Matthew Cutrone, Thomas Barraga responded by saying “no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle…”
In the letter he goes on to essentially blame the victim – Sandy Cutrone – and makes excuses for careless motorists who he says routinely ignore traffic laws and other users of the road.