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Cyclists are bad road users
3:51pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Postbag
A PHILLIPS’ view of the world (Journal, October 10) is sadly one-eyed.
Unlike cyclists and pedestrians, vehicle drivers other than learners have to pass a test. They are required to have insurance and road tax. If they exceed the speed limit or ignore traffic lights they are liable to prosecution and penalties.
Most drivers allow plenty of room for cyclists. Cyclists, on the other hand, seem to have no problem with weaving in and out of the traffic, coming up on the inside of vehicles, even pushing on the side of cars or vans as they undertake. Without a doubt the worst behaved road users are cyclists.
They seem to have no respect for traffic lights, most seem incapable of signalling, a vast majority ride at night without adequate lighting and seem to change from road users to pavement users as the mood takes them.
It amazes me that people who are the most vulnerable on the roads, with little or no protection from bigger, heavier and ultimately harder vehicles have so little consideration for their own safety.
BRIAN PIKE, SALISBURY
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