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Cyclists have taken over as they practise for a yellow jersey

31 July, 2020

‘Transport for London promotes cycling but does nought to remind cyclists of the law and safety’

• I AM pro-cycling but I cannot be pro-cyclist when so many cycle along streets, footpaths and towpaths as if re-enacting the Wild West.

Recently a speeding pavement cyclist endangered me when I left our estate to join the one-way street’s pavement. Inches away from a collision, he cycled on and, though shaking with fear and rage, my drawing on lower-deck language made me feel better!

Some years ago, at the same spot, a speeding cyclist rode straight into my groin. Bicycles have no number displayed and contact information was refused.

Our inadequate Mayor of London recruited a £100,000-a-year Walking and Cycling commissioner but, sadly, Will Norman is only interested in two wheels, not two legs.

Transport for London promotes cycling but does nought to remind cyclists of the law and safety.

Never once have I seen an advertisement reminding cyclists not to cycle on footpaths (Highways Act 1835, section 72), yet every day I could challenge a cyclist I see breaking the law.

Walking canal towpaths is no longer safe. Cyclists having taken over as they practise for a yellow jersey. The police are not interested. Does any authority really care about pedestrians?

Let’s campaign for pedestrian safety and local authorities introducing pedestrian wardens who can fine cyclists on the spot.

Clever technology could be used at cycle path traffic lights to promote safe cycling and the law (useless, of course, when cyclists ignore red lights!).

LESTER MAY
Reachview Close, NW1

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