It was good to see some laughs from Roy Fraser (NM, 26/01).
Let me inform him of a lot of real facts: we motorists pay license fees, rego (including a “traffic improvement fee”), CTP, in my insurance I pay hospital and emergency services levy, just to cite a few.
With the license you must have an understanding of the road rules, with rego we are required to have silly things like mudguards, lights, indicators, safety warning device (horn) etc and they must be roadworthy.
I agree that some (a lot) motorists are breaking the laws (there is more of them and they are more easily noticed) but this does not make push bike riders exempt.
The only place for pushies in on a velodrome or ducking up to the local shops, not on our major roads.
The argument that most cyclists have cars and contribute to roads simply does not wash as every vehicle that uses the roads is classified and needs the correct licence and insurance.
The only “traffic improvement” happening here is the green bike lanes. Whatever happened to user pays?
Unfortunately the people who are paying for all these things are being demonised by the bludgers who won’t pay for the rights to use and maintain the roads they want to take over.
It is truly a sad state of affairs when our roads are being overtaken by “lycra loonies”. — JIM CARTER Elliott Heads