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Reader letter: There are good and bad cyclists - the same as drivers

PUBLISHED: 15:38 24 February 2019

More than 550 cyclists have been involved in crashes on Norwichs roads in the past five years, Picture; James Bass

More than 550 cyclists have been involved in crashes on Norwichs roads in the past five years, Picture; James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic© 2008

Further to comment that cyclists are a menace, I would like to make him and other cyclist hating drivers aware of my recent experiences with and observations of some drivers.

In recent weeks I have twice been close-passed and also twice would have been knocked off at roundabouts if I had not been watching approaching drivers.

One on of those occasions the driver and her passenger seemed to think the explanation the sun was in her eyes was entirely understandable and reasonable.

I have observed three drivers go through red lights.

Two of those incidents were as a pedestrian at the Toucan crossing in Station Square.

On one of those occasions I believe a number of fellow pedestrians did not notice the car and if they had stepped into the road a moment sooner I probably would have witnessed something extremely nasty.

I accept arguably more cyclists than drivers commit that offence but accident data reveals it is drivers, not cyclists, committing it who are injuring and killing pedestrians.

I am not suggesting cyclists could not but that drivers need to keep it in perspective.

A friend recently fell off when she had to brake sharply because a driver suddenly started going the opposite way on a roundabout to what he was indicating.

There are good and bad drivers and good and bad cyclists and ‘both sides’ should accept it. I just tire of drivers making out cyclists are so much worse than everyone else.

One final point. A bizarre ‘phenomenon’ is the evidence some drivers pass cyclists wearing helmets more dangerously than those not wearing them.

John Thompson

Dell Road

Oulton Broad

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