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People Movers

January 16, 2002

I applaud the MTA's plan to reduce congestion and parking problems by encouraging alternatives to driving a mile or two to transit parking lots ("MTA to Add Electric Scooters, Bicycles to Its Fleet," Jan. 12). The advocates of using inexpensive, regular bicycles have it right.

The $3,000 Segway "human transporter" is a high-tech toy, useless as a transportation device, since it has no capacity for carrying anything. A bicycle with a basket or luggage carrier, as I use for local errands, is far preferable. Electric bicycles make sense for hill dwellers. Now, if only schools and parents would encourage kids to ride bikes instead of being driven to local schools.

John Glass

Studio City

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