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Cyclists left with minimum of space on the roads
2:01pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Postbag
IT is not just on pedestrian crossings that the ire of many, if not most, motorists towards those on foot is manifest.
Road users are considered as part of a hierarchical structure with drivers at the head and the unmotorised disabled at the base of the pyramid.
I gave up cycling at night decades ago, having had to endure legions of oncoming motorists insisting for no good reason on using main beam. It must be intolerable with today’s lighting systems.
Some of the radial routes out of the city have pavements, but most do not, and walkers are expected to take evasive action where the road narrows on those without.
Most drivers will give horses plenty of room and due consideration when they use the highway, while cyclists are left the minimum of space. Animals are considered superior.
Vehicles may be parked unlit at night and cyclists and joggers are expected to see them.
Those who walk or pedal in poor lighting conditions are expected to make themselves visible.
On countless occasions in my lifetime I have seen drivers exonerated by the courts for taking the lives of completely innocent road users simply because they could not be bothered to use simple common sense and courtesy.
A PHILLIPS, Salisbury
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