Regarding the Feb. 5 article “Washington again rated worst for traffic congestion in annual study”:

I recently drove from Potomac to Capitol Hill with so little traffic it was even safe to sneak a peek at the beauty of the monuments and of the Kennedy Center’s reflection shimmering on the river. Alas, this was not only on a Sunday evening but also in the midst of a Super Bowl, when an overwhelming percentage of all televisions in the metro area were tuned to the game. While this may not be a prescription for commuters beating the District’s worst-in-the-nation congestion, it did offer a fleeting opportunity to experience how things used to be (I grew up in the area) or, in traffic-bound dreams, might be.

Michael Millenson, Highland Park, Ill.

The Feb. 2 letter from Laura Gore of Crownsville, “Commuting headaches in the District,” is a perfect example of how many motorists view the world. Ms. Gore is upset that “many cyclists still refuse to obey traffic laws such as stop signs and red lights,” then she complains about being fined for speeding in a 25 mph zone. Does Ms. Gore realize her bias?

Bruce Wright, Reston

The writer is chairman of the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling.