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9:30am Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Letters
GEOFF ROBB says I represent the “local cycling fraternity”, as if cyclists were some kind of self-serving organised body (Letters, July 31).
All I see are ordinary individuals who ride a bike because it’s practical, healthy and sustainable, and they want to do it safely. Most are probably also car drivers. (By the way, fraternity means brotherhood, but we counted cyclists going past our gates on Hospital Fields Road the other day, and 60 per cent were women).
I represent a local social enterprise which supports cycling in its forms (apart from antisocial ones). I do not represent cyclists as a whole. I do not condone abusive behaviour by cyclists, if that is what happened; but driving inconsiderately, if that is what happened, can also perhaps be seen as abusive behaviour, with worse consequences.
I made no assumptions but simply put forward legitimate questions about some seeming contradictions in the lady’s complaint. This was in the light of judgments she made on cyclists as a whole, and her implication that the two forms of transport do not have equal rights on public roads.
Jim McGurn, Chief Executive, Get Cycling CiC, Hospital Fields Road, York.
• Oh how partisan are some members of the cycling fraternity.
It seems cyclists can do no wrong, and if (on rare occasions) they swear or gesture at other road users, then of course they have been provoked, and are justified. I wonder if riding three abreast on any sort of road is sensible. But then, I am only a car driver, and we all know a car driver’s place is in the wrong.
Mrs P Brown, Goodwood Grove, York.