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Speed is key
THERE have been a large number of letters, comments and replies recently about the use of cycle lanes by cyclists.
Consideration should be taken by all users on any route, be it the road or a cycle path.
While on the road, the cyclist is considered a vulnerable user, due to travelling at lower speeds than traffic with less protection, in the case of an accident, than cars.
However, there are others at risk, such as the young, elderly, disabled and pedestrians and dog walkers on shared paths, with minimal segregation, at most a white line.
Therefore, this is not the place for cycling in a group or at speed.
Everyone should consider whether the choice is the best and safest for all users, before suggesting that the ‘‘problem’’ is moved from their way with larger impacts elsewhere.
Slow cycling (up to 15mph) may be suitable for cycle paths. However, at higher speeds, the road may be the safest place in the bigger picture.
Neil Harris, Barbican Court, York.
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