Letter - July 23, 2017

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Cyclists are at fault for these accidents

Re: Allan Ramsay (Your Say, July 20) and his ridiculous letter regarding cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

I am absolutely incensed by these clueless wonders, who obviously do not drive a car, and therefore do not have to put up with 90 per cent of cyclists using the highways (and pavements) with no consideration for the safety of any other road users.

All drivers out there will see at least once on any journey, in and around a suburban area, a blatant disregard of even the most basic of Highway Code rules by cyclists.

I took a mandatory test to be able to drive on the road. I need to keep my vehicle legally roadworthy, legally taxed and insured to be able to use it on a road, and all of this is enforced with severe penalties.

What of the cyclist? No mandatory test, no requirement to learn even the most basic rules of the road, no requirement for wearing safety equipment, no requirement for a worthiness check on the bicycle. Basically no control over these machines or their riders.

Instead of constantly berating the poor beleaguered motorist, turn your attention to lobbying for mandatory cycle proficiency tests, safety checks on the quality of cycles, make it law to have to use a cycle helmet and high visibility clothing, and enforce these rules, then see what effect this has on the accident numbers of cyclists.

Oh yes, and don’t get me started on the white elephant that is the cyclists only lane on Reads Avenue. I have lost count of the number of cyclists I have seen riding in the carriageway, going the wrong way on a one way street, ignoring the cycle lane.

Take off your tunnel vision glasses Mr Ramsay, and attribute the blame on the cyclist accident rate where it belongs, with the cyclist.

A Newman

Proud motorist and occasional cyclist

St Annes


Repairs are nothing to be proud of

I hate to pour cold water over Len Curtis’s euphoria over the road repairs recently carried out along the Prom (Your Say, July 20).

Two things come to my mind – firstly, someone on the Council, or consultants, or both, were responsible for creating a poor work specification in the first place resulting in the breakdown of the surfaces. In addition, the contractor should share some of the blame as well for shoddy workmanship.

Secondly, who paid for it? I suspect it was our council tax payers through the Revenue Budget, as always happens when mistakes are made.

Someone should be embarrassed!!

Mr D J Bunting

West Drive



The sad loss of Sunday traditions

The abolition of a quiet Sunday was a big mistake, families have less time together, are more stressed and some people wanting to go to church are unable to do so because they might lose their jobs.

Many shops are open all hours during the week and there is ample time to shop other than on a Sunday.

V Rodgers

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