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Make piazza path clear
AFTER hearing of the complaints about cyclists on the piazza outside the York Minster, I thought I would write with my comments as a regular cyclist who obeys the rules of the road.
When they were making the area earlier this year, I was one of the cyclists who did dismount as the sign asked. I saw a few who didn’t, but with both motorists and cyclists there are always some idiots on the road.
However, I must comment that the area now does not make the cycle path very clear, so before the council talk of banning cyclists there, they first should look at making the cycle lane clearer so pedestrians do not walk there except to cross and then cyclists wouldn’t have to cycle in between the pedestrians.
If they had clearly marked the cycle lane then cyclists would not have to slalom round pedestrians, who take no notice or cannot see the crazy unseeable cycle stones to indicate the cycle area and who walk willy-nilly down the cycle path without even looking where they are going.
I have had to slalom a little myself on a couple of occasions or risk hitting a pedestrian walking in the cycle lane.
York is one of the main cycling cities in this country along with Cambridge, so make the piazza cycle friendly, City of York Council, by making the cycle lane clearer, then we cyclists wouldn’t have to constantly swerve around straying pedestrians.
P Forshaw, Fourth Avenue, York.
• I ALWAYS thought that the Freedom of the City of York was granted to military units that had a close connection to the city.
This was usually marked by a march by the unit through the centre of the city to the Minster.
It would seem that I am wrong. We have seen recently the centre of York closed for a Sky Ride, and cyclists given the freedom to ride against the flow of traffic (The Press, September 19).
Cyclists have the freedom to ride on pavements, without lights, in pedestrian zones, through red traffic lights and virtually anywhere they like.
The moral of my story is, if you want The Freedom of The City of York, get a bike.
AP Cox, Heath Close, Holgate, York.
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