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Cycling becoming more risky

PUBLISHED: 09:30 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:22 05 July 2010

IT is evident that as traffic volumes and speeds continue to rise year by year, cycling is becoming more and more risky.

Apart from the tragic case of Daniel Felstead, I noted in The Journal on December 14 the report of the death of Peta Anderson, of Great Yarmouth, killed in a collision with a car while out training.

IT is evident that as traffic volumes and speeds continue to rise year by year, cycling is becoming more and more risky.

Apart from the tragic case of Daniel Felstead, I noted in The Journal on December 14 the report of the death of Peta Anderson, of Great Yarmouth, killed in a collision with a car while out training. And this on what the cycling world would generally regard as a safe road around Herringfleet used by the local cycling clubs for time trials. I don't wish to be negative, gloomy or paranoid, just pragmatic, but there is no such thing as a safe road.

Danger now exists at the junction near Notleys for cyclists who, having crossed the bridge, intend to head south west towards Belvedere Road. Some motorists wishing to turn left onto the seafront are too impatient to wait for a cyclist and will overtake and suddenly turn left, often without signalling.

If the lights outside Notleys are red a queue builds up and prevents cyclists from moving across. Using the centre lane is not recommended but my advice is to make a distinct look behind to warn following motorists of your intentions and for good measure give a firm hand signal even though this is not really a right turn as such.

I must stress that most drivers are very considerate and will give way and wait, but as always it's just a selfish few who present a danger.

MIKE KING

Sandbank Road

Lowestoft


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