A large number are appalling
THERE has been a spate of letters in the Post with reference to cyclists and the potential dangers that they cause. I am a keen cyclist myself and, sadly, I have to agree with most of the letters as the behaviour of a large percentage of cyclists is appalling.
Recently however, I have noticed another potential hazard caused by some cyclists.
I was out riding later than normal and was amazed by the brightness of some cyclists' front lights. They were unbelievably bright, in fact I would say far too bright by a long, long way. I had to keep looking away from the road in front of me as I was being dazzled and could not look straight ahead.
I can only guess that the riders of these bikes haven't any concern for other people. It would be so very easy to adjust the angle of the beam so it doesn't dazzle other road users so why don't they do it?
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THE real problem with transport in Bristol is drivers who speed, who run red lights, who hold their mobiles while driving, and who endanger others – not a few young silly cyclists who go on the pavement because they need to get away from traffic.
And there is an issue about the price of public transport on First's buses.
Today I saw on one short trip a young male driver holding his mobile with one hand and driving with the other – this breaks the law. I saw drivers run red lights rather than stop – this breaks the law. I saw a van polluting the air all of us breathe with black smelly fumes from an exhaust that would fail a basic MoT – this breaks the law.
We need to enforce measures against all forms of anti-social behaviour, and the most common form of anti-social behaviour in Bristol comes from the minority of idiot drivers who selfishly break basic rules of the road and make life hard for others. Let's have proper on-the-spot tough fines and get the courts to punish these dangerous people by taking away licences for a long time. Bad drivers, behave.
THE publication of the photos of the pavement cyclists highlight the danger to pedestrians. I speak for myself and many of my friends that we support Mrs Bailey and the Older People's Forum campaign, against cycling on pavements.
It was great to see a local newspaper supporting it as well, especially when the police and politicians seem to be so ineffective.