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PUBLISHED: 10:18 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:22 05 July 2010

BACK in 1961 I was serving in the Royal Navy with the 3rd Submarine Squadron based at Faslane, in Scotland.

I lived in married quarters in Helensburgh, a popular tourist spot situated at the mouth of the Gareloch on the Clyde.

BACK in 1961 I was serving in the Royal Navy with the 3rd Submarine Squadron based at Faslane, in Scotland.

I lived in married quarters in Helensburgh, a popular tourist spot situated at the mouth of the Gareloch on the Clyde. My hobby, then as now, was touring on my five-gear racing cycle.

One warm summer's day I was riding home from a cycle ride that had taken me along the banks of Loch Lomond. The last leg of my journey was along the coast road through Helensburgh. As I cycled along the road between the shops and the very busy promenade, a seven-year old girl being chased by her friend, ran straight out into the road and collided with my bike which unfortunately fell on top of her with me still strapped into my pedal toe clips. It took several passers-by to extricate me and my bicycle from off this poor little girl. The miracle was that she was not badly hurt, for had it been a car, then I believe the collision could have been fatal for her.

I wish to make two points: firstly, pedestrians, adults as well as children, need to be continually aware of the dangers of passing traffic and to avoid walking close to the edge of the kerb; secondly, in the busy summer period at the seaside along Lowestoft's south promenade, holiday makers, especially young children, will be continually crossing without thinking of looking for people riding bicycles.

I believe that allowing cyclists to use this route during the summer constitutes a real hazard to both cyclist and pedestrian.

For public safety and common sense, I further believe that the bylaws concerning the use of the prom by cyclists should be altered only to cover the same period as the dogs on the beach bylaw, ie winter months only.

PETER J ANDERTON

Princes Walk

Lowestoft

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.

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