I AM angry. Angry and sad that another cyclist's life has been lost on Perth roads.
When are we going to start respecting the rights of cyclists on the road and that car drivers need to accept this, always and everywhere?
When are we going to see that a driver’s licence and driving on the road are a privilege and not a right?
I have had many near misses on my bike resulting from poor driving habits.
I have just returned from six months cycling in Europe, where cyclists are part of the road landscape. Cyclists are not considered road pests. Respect is shown to cyclists with supportive infrastructure (cycle paths, cycle lanes, cycle parking, separate traffic lights and so forth) but above all, respect is shown through the courtesy of drivers.
When will our community see that cy- clists are part of the solution to many of our social issues, such as road congestion, pollution, climate change, obesity and mental health?
We are not part of the problem. We are not the enemy.
Please, please, no more road carnage. Be careful, be courteous, slow down and give cyclists road space. older, view depression and anxiety as a weakness of character.
Many don’t know these conditions are common, and if they get the right support and treatment, most people recover, regardless of their age.
For some older people, opening up about how they feel doesn’t come easy, as it was not the thing to do when they were growing up. Others don’t want to be seen as a burden because of what they have shared.
This is why beyondblue recently launched new resources, specifically tailored for older people, on opening up about depression and anxiety.
These free resources, including a booklet and several videos, are available at www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/ for-me/older-people/have-theconversation-with-older-people. GEORGIE HARMAN, chief executive, beyondblue.
– Greek philosopher Socrates
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