LIKE Dawn Riley (Letters, March 17) I have experienced kind consideration from many drivers when cycling on rural roads.
However, these roads have their particular hazards, such as blind corners, a lower standard of surface repair, concealed exits and often tall hedgerows. Sadly a minority of drivers are not always patient with cyclists in these circumstances.
When approaching a blind corner, I always make a right shoulder check then move gradually from the edge towards the centre. A group of cyclists could maintain two by two formation in similar circumstances. This sends a strong message to following drivers that I do not wish to be overtaken. As soon I see a clear road ahead, I signal any following drivers to pass me, and give a courteous wave as they do.
Cycling groups usually arrange for the leader and rear ender to indicate approaching vehicles, potholes and when to single out. The golden rule is to anticipate and co-operate with other rural road users, but to also be prepared to act defensively.
Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York