Mo­tor­cy­clist’s plea for de­liv­ery men on bikes

7 Days in Dubai - - LETTERS -

Thank you for your wel­come ar­ti­cle on pro­pos­als to cre­ate ded­i­cated mo­tor­cy­cle lanes (‘De­liv­er­ing a Mes­sage’ - May 5). As a bike rider and car driver of more than 20 years, five years ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing in Dubai has shown that in re­al­ity it is the ma­jor­ity of bike rid­ers here that are the prob­lem, and that they con­tin­u­ally pro­voke jus­ti­fi­able ir­ri­ta­tion from even the most rea­son­able driv­ers. This is a heart­felt plea to the au­thor­i­ties: can you en­sure that any mo­tor­cy­cle or moped rid­ers have to com­plete not only the (woe­fully) ba­sic rid­ing course, but also a full driv­ing exam? Time af­ter time motorcyclists here demon­strate a com­plete dis­re­gard for ba­sic rules of the road, are frankly be­com­ing a men­ace, and are pos­si­bly among the most dan­ger­ous ve­hi­cles out there. For ex­am­ple, in most cities around the world it is strictly for­bid­den for any mopeds or mo­tor­cy­cles up to 125cc to ride on high­ways, yet here th­ese lu­natics con­tin­u­ally do so, pro­ceed to skip across mul­ti­ple lanes and weave reck­lessly in and out of traf­fic mov­ing at 100-120kph. On mi­nor roads the food de­liv­ery bikes con­stantly break the law with lethal ma­noeu­vres, seem ob­ses­sively com­pet­i­tive, try­ing to out­pace cars at break­neck speeds and pay­ing no heed to any­one that at­tempts to in­di­cate po­litely. Mo­tor­cy­cles are a won­der­ful way to get around but they are not the same cal­i­bre as four-wheeled high­way-go­ing ve­hi­cles, and the smaller, un­qual­i­fied two-wheel­ers should stay in their place - if noth­ing else, for their own safety. Con­cerned ex­pat, Dubai

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