Regarding Paul Hepworth’s reply to blocking following traffic at road narrowing (Letters, January 22), I am sure the Cyclecraft guide he mentions does not, when advising a “primary riding position”, advocate deliberately blocking following traffic which, as Mr Benson points out, could be a juggernaut.

Would it be too much too ask that in extremely dangerous situations the cyclist could wait a few seconds just to be on the safe side? I think not, as most cyclists stop for nothing.

I have no doubt that Mr Hepworth, given his position, is a safe and conscientious rider, but how often do we see cyclists look over their shoulder to appraise any situation?

D McTernan, Fossway, York.