Overtaking bikes are a danger
I HAVE a view about cyclists mowing me and other pedestrians down on Bristol's pavements. It is getting worse and there does not appear to be an answer, due to lacklustre monitoring of cyclists and Bristol city council's apathy towards being proactive.
Today, however, I have been unable to contain my anger about what I experience while driving.
It is absolutely normal for cyclists and motorbikes and mopeds to overtake cars as they travel down the road. What is not acceptable is for the aforementioned to expect me, the motorist, in the opposite lane to give them way.
This may sound like a trivial matter but picture the scene: it's 7.30am and the lane I am in is quiet as the majority of cars are flowing towards the town centre.
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There in front is a cyclist or motor bike in my lane. The first time it happens, I was surprised. Twenty occasions later I am fuming.
Today (October 25) it happened again. It was still dark. I beep my horn to warn these people that they are in my lane. The third vehicle, I was not successful in deterring, resulting in my wing mirror being ripped off because the moped did not get out of the way soon enough.
Is this acceptable? Am I overreacting? Am I supposed to accept that the lane I am in should be used my oncoming traffic? Is there nobody with any sense out there on two wheels.
If you were that two-wheeler, think about your driving and actions and to all of you who regularly travel down Two Mile Hill leading onto Church Road, read the driving manual provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to enlighten you on road safety and driving. Until the next time.
YOUR collection of letters (The Post, October 24) headlined "Cyclists, lack of lights and daily congestion" was illustrated with a photo of a cyclist cycling past pedestrians in the middle of Broadmead.
Presumably, you are not aware that that area is designated as "shared space" and that cyclists can quite legally cycle through there. In shared space, cyclists and pedestrians are supposed to respect other users of the space.
Your collection might perhaps better have been illustrated with a photo of a cyclist actually breaking the law.