Wrong to cycle on pavement
SIR – In response to Jacqueline of Hitchin s letter (Shame on drivers, Comet July 27 ) may I point out that two wrongs do not make a right. If the cyclist feels intimidated by the motorist how do you think a pedestrian feels when a cyclist overtakes from
SIR - In response to Jacqueline of Hitchin's letter (Shame on drivers, Comet July 27 ) may I point out that two wrongs do not make a right.
If the cyclist feels intimidated by the motorist how do you think a pedestrian feels when a cyclist overtakes from behind without warning often at speeds approaching 15 to 20mph? A slight movement to one side could involve the pedestrian in a very serious accident which happened to an acquaintance of mine whereby the cyclist remounted and rode off without leaving any details. Even if he had, what can one do because cyclists have no tax or insurance?
Maybe this is the answer to her complaint that there are no cycle tracks in Hitchin, if cyclists were made to pay tax and insurance then it might be possible to provide funding for the construction of cycle tracks.
As for hand signals this consists of a reverse Churchill V sign, also bear in mind that a cyclist can jump on a bicycle and go straight on to the road without taking any road awareness test whatsoever, motorists are not clairvoyants.
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In conclusion I am sorry to say that cyclists like motorists and people in other walks of life are selfish.
Jacqueline's argument goes completely out of the window when applied to Stevenage which has one of the best cycle track systems in the country - could she please explain what type of motorist forces cyclists to ride at high speed through the town's pedestrian area!
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SIR - Regarding people cycling on the pavement, my original letter and comments by Jacqueline of Hitchin, the fact remains, it is against the law to ride on the pavement.
Yes, the council should supply cycle lanes and yes, some car drivers are selfish and ignorant. However, until cycle lanes are provided, cyclists must use their own legs and walk. Some cars ignore others on roundabouts too. I am sure that your readers would not like to see someone knocked down and hurt by a mad cyclist on the pavement.