Jared Eborn's piece about bicycles and automobiles was refreshingly balanced for such an emotional topic (Readers' Forum, Aug. 14). All drivers and cyclists need to be extra watchful for one another, especially during the biking season. I travel through the heart of downtown daily and have witnessed blatant disregard among these two groups for each other — and for traffic laws.

Traveling on congested roads in confined spaces is not a game. Everyone is expected to stop at every stop sign, red light and in other needful situations. Acting like you are the exception will result in just that — you will become an exception, which we also refer to as a statistic.

If we could all apply the principle of defensive vigilance for the "most vulnerable" when driving, cycling, running or walking, emotions would be subdued and injuries would decrease.

Dana Simonsen

Salt Lake City