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PUBLISHED: 13:58 29 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 05 July 2010

MR G A Woods appears to be a regular Postbox reader, therefore, I find it odd that he is not aware of my full views on the pavement cycling issue.

I have repeatedly explained that I do not advocate a cyclists free for all and can understand the fears some pedestrians have, created by the yob element.

MR G A Woods appears to be a regular Postbox reader, therefore, I find it odd that he is not aware of my full views on the pavement cycling issue.

I have repeatedly explained that I do not advocate a cyclists free for all and can understand the fears some pedestrians have, created by the yob element.

I do not argue that all roads are dangerous for cycling. Indeed, I have reiterated that cycling on-road is not the dangerous activity it is generally perceived to be. However, I have also reiterated that it should not be difficult to understand why many perceive cycling on certain roads as dangerous.

Those cyclists who use pavements out of safety concerns for certain roads tend to do so with consideration for pedestrians. Acknowledging that one Lowestoft pedestrian was hospitalised by a pavement cyclist, in overall terms there is no evidence there will ever be a "tangle of broken bones and bicycle frames." On the contrary, the evidence is that cyclists and pedestrians can mix safely.

If so many pedestrians fear pavement cyclists why do so many of them walk on cycle paths?

Cycling activists should acknowledge that, strictly speaking, pavement cycling is law breaking. The CTC stance is that in dealing with pavement cyclists the police should consider the manner in which the cyclists are riding and whether they are on the footway to avoid a particular road.

It is interesting that Mr Woods makes no comment about thoughtless drivers.

Drivers cause far more deaths and injuries to pedestrians, including on pavements and verges.

JOHN THOMPSON

Dell Road

Oulton Broad


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