I 'm not a bicyclist, but I don't want to hit one with my car, either. The problem is that when highways such as Wasatch Boulevard and canyons are repaved, they make the new pavement narrower instead of wider. This forces bicyclists to ride one or two feet from car trafiic and risk being hit, or to ride on rough or uneven shoulders. Would it cost that much more to pave the shoulders 3 or 4 feet wide for bicyclists in high-use areas?

The Utah Department of Transportation will be holding hearings over the next few months (see article "UDOT to seek more bicycle friendly roads," Deseret News, Sept. 7, Page B2 and probably on Deseret News and UDOT Web sites). Those concerned should make their voices heard now.

Ralph B. Brown

Salt Lake City