The photo that appeared with the Dec. 22 Metro article “As cycling grows, bike thefts soar” astounded me and, I am sure, other cycling enthusiasts. It showed a woman riding without a bike helmet.  

This is at least the third time that The Post has pictured a cyclist without a helmet, seemingly condoning this unsafe practice. After at least one of those occasions, a disapproving letter was printed. Yet here it has happened again.

While the article was not about bicycle safety per se, it was still disappointing to see such an image. It was especially disconcerting that the young woman pictured is the organizer, according to the article, of “a monthly city ride . . . that draws hundreds of enthusiasts.”

Let’s get the message straight and send it loud and clear: It is unsafe to ride a bike without a helmet.

Dega Schembri, Washington