They should have to pay road tax
I MUST take issue with your letter from Brian Griffiths, Henleaze regarding cyclists (Evening Post March 17). He states that motorists suffer eight times as many head injuries as cyclists so why should they consider wearing a helmet? What does he base this 'fact' on I wonder? If people are hurt its because they are probably swerving to avoid a crazy cyclist.
I regularly travel from my home in South Gloucestershire to Southmead Hospital at 6.15am and go through 10 sets of traffic lights and I can guarantee that I see 99% of cyclists ignoring every red light whilst I and the other motorists wait patiently for the light to change they sail through causing danger to traffic from left and right.
On dark mornings throughout the winter months and more recently even in the fog, they mostly wear dark clothing and very few have adequate lights, if any lights at all.
I have seen idiots on cycles using mobile phones, cycling with both hands in their pockets, not holding onto the handlebars (no doubt they think this is cool) and adults on children's bikes.
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And cyclists on pavements trying to avoid pedestrians who have every right to be there whilst they most definitely do not.
Yes, they have the right to not wear a helmet but motorcyclists have to by law, but you would think for their own safety they would have more sense. As for paying £800 a year towards the road budget I assume he means the council tax, but motorists pay road tax as well as council tax which cyclists do not, so in effect they use the roads for free.
All cyclists should be charged a road tax, have regular inspections of their cycles, like an MOT, have insurance as motorists must do, and fined heavily if they do not obey the rules of the road. He says he has absolute respect for 'humble' cyclists I do not, that is unless they stop thinking they are above the law and cycle safely.
Mrs Julie Perkin