Cy­clists a men­ace

The London Free Press - - LETTERS -

Our streets and high­ways were built for trans­porta­tion not re­cre­ation. Cy­cling on Lon­don’s nar­row streets is dan­ger­ous and reck­less. Mo­torists face enough is­sues and per­ils with­out adding the in­ter­ac­tions of cy­clists.

Cities, in­clud­ing Lon­don, have pro­vided bike paths for recre­ational cy­cling. Those who choose to cy­cle on busy con­gested streets do so at a great risk to them­selves.

Un­like mo­torists who are pro­tected by the struc­ture of their ve­hi­cles, cy­clists ride un­pro­tected against po­ten­tial ac­ci­dents with an ar­ray of mo­tor ve­hi­cles. In most cases, cy­clists lack pro­tec­tive cloth­ing worn by mo­tor­cy­clists.

Cy­clists are not li­censed nor in­sured to share roads with mo­torists. The day of the cy­cling de­liv­ery boys who brought us our news­pa­pers, tele­graphs, gro­ceries and drug­store pre­scrip­tions is over. It’s time that ur­ban cy­clists wise up and seek a safer place to recreate. J. Mur­phy Lon­don

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