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Cycles should be safe from traffic
THE Press of September 17 had a spread about the council’s transport visions for York. I think it is right that cycling was not mentioned in this report.
As a driver and cyclist, I can point to three aspects of cycling that do not fit well alongside other traffic.
1. The gutter of a road (as used for cycle lanes) has drains, potholes, assorted debris and obstructions. Speed bumps and chicanes are extra dangers for cyclists to avoid.
2. A cyclist cannot help but inhale toxic exhaust fumes which can be really nauseating, especially in colder weather or around standing traffic.
3. While some drivers are considerate, others can be a real danger to cyclists. I have recently encountered many examples of the latter. Some cyclists can be a danger to themselves and to other road users.
If there is a desire to encourage more people to be active and to be able to cycle safely within the city, would this be the right time to be radical and consider planning for dedicated cycle routes, away from other traffic systems, radiating from the very centre of the city out in every direction?
PL Hart, Springwood, Haxby , York.