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Cyclists have rights too
USUALLY the misinformed drivel spouted by some of the correspondents in the letters page may raise an eyebrow or bring forth a splutter of a mild expletive under the breath.
However, there have recently been published a raft of letters regarding cycling which do warrant a response.
Cyclists are not inconvenient obstructions for motorists. Cyclists are part of the traffic and have equal right to the public highway. They should be given extra consideration due to the obvious inherent vulnerabilities being on two wheels, not overtaken dangerously by impatient motorists in quiet villages.
Cyclists are no more legally mandated to use cycle paths than motorists are to use motorways. Indeed, some cycle paths are so badly designed it is arguably safer to ride on the road.
Most new common bicycles sold must be fitted with two independent brakes (one for the front and rear) – it is illegal to ride a bike in the UK without this provision.
I’d like to advise a recent correspondent that he has been led up the garden path to believe otherwise.
I would like to suggest these individuals check the law and consult the Highway Code before allowing their vitriol and prejudice to influence future communiqués.
Baz Buchanan, Teal Drive, Woodlands, York.
• IN RESPONSE to D Mcternan (Letters, August 29), Highway Code Rule 112 states: “Use [your horn] only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively.”
Using your horn to “tell someone off”, still less to intimidate them, is not an acceptable use. D Mcternan – you were in the wrong. I cannot condone abuse – if that is truly the response you got from the cyclist you sounded your horn at – but if you go around abusing other people, you should not be surprised if that is what you get back. I’m astounded that you have wished to advertise your bad behaviour in print.
The fact that your opinion on where the cyclist should have been is ill-informed and has no basis in law, the Highway Code or any other guidance, only compounds your folly.
Adrian Setter, Barnfield Way, Copmanthorpe, York.
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