Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Barraga, of West Islip, says bicyclists should stay off roads

After receiving a letter from a West Islip teenager whose mother was badly hurt in a bicycle accident, Barraga responded with a letter that said people in Suffolk County should not be biking or even jogging or riding motorcycles. (2/14/14)

WEST ISLIP - A Suffolk County lawmaker says bicyclists should stay off county roads.

County Legislator Thomas Barraga, of West Islip, says it's a matter of safety. He says 90 percent of people who ride bicycles get hurt.

After receiving a letter from a West Islip teenager whose mother was badly hurt in a bicycle accident, Barraga responded with a letter that said people in Suffolk County should not be biking or even jogging or riding motorcycles.

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Sandy Cutrone, a bicycle accident victim, says she was disappointed with Barraga's letter.

However, Barraga maintains that he is a realist and stands by his statement that bicyclists should stay off Suffolk roads.

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