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The yob element

PUBLISHED: 11:29 20 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 05 July 2010

IN response to Mary Jones (October 10), John Clarke was not denying the existence of the yob element amongst pavement cyclists and neither was I.

I assure Ms Jones that responsible pavement cyclists exist and they do so out of genuine concern about the safety of the roads.

IN response to Mary Jones (October 10), John Clarke was not denying the existence of the yob element amongst pavement cyclists and neither was I.

I assure Ms Jones that responsible pavement cyclists exist and they do so out of genuine concern about the safety of the roads.

Ms Jones' claim that cycle paths have created the problem is completely inaccurate. The problem has existed for a long time. However, cyclists also have problems with yob elements.

It is partly yob drivers that force responsible cyclists onto pavements. We also have problems with some pedestrians when we point out to them that they are walking on cycle paths. Also, with some walkers who don't realise that the law allows us to ride on some off-road facilities.

I was sorry to learn of Graham Hunt's (October 10) accident.

From a description of his injuries I dare say a helmet would have lessened them. However, he seems to have fallen into the classic trap of assuming a helmet would have prevented more serious injury or at least that is what his campaign would infer to others. I have reiterated the evidence that in high speed accidents helmets can exacerbate injury and that helmet compulsion seriously reduces cycling levels, so I won't now. I refer those interested to www.ctc.org.uk

Cyclists suffer the least head injuries of all road users, including pedestrians. As helmets have some effectiveness at low speed there is a stronger argument for pedestrians to wear them. If the claims of some helmet supporters were correct there would be more need for car users to wear them.

If Mr Hunt wants to wear a helmet to prevent some injuries that is fine but it would be wrong to nag others.

JOHN THOMPSON

Dell Road

Oulton Broad

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