IRIS JORDAN makes some sweeping assertions about cyclists (Letters, September 4) by collectively referring to “they”.

Perhaps she should have stated that there is an inconsiderate minority, as with pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers.

Iris mentioned cyclists’ freedom from “road tax”. She may be referring to Vehicle Excise Duty, which some vehicle owners are exempt from.

Income from VED is ring-fenced for roads managed by Highways England viz motorways and strategic trunk roads such as, locally, the A64.

I can’t cycle on the former, and would not willingly pedal along the latter.

Many cyclists are also car owners, who sensibly make intelligent travel choices rather than jumping into their car for every short journey.

The local roads which most cyclists use are funded from council tax, which the majority of us pay.

Much dedicated urban cyclist infrastructure is funded by national grants, and helpfully encourages a switch to pedal power for many short, local journeys.

If cycle use increased from today’s two per cent of all journeys, to 10 per cent by 2025 then to 25 per cent by 2050, the cost savings through improved health and lower emissions would be a staggering £42 billion.

As for bells, new bikes must be fitted with one at the point of sale. But the buyer need not use it, or even keep it. Second hand bikes are exempt.

Paul Hepworth, Holgate, York