Mo­torists and cy­clists need to work to­gether

7 Days in Dubai - - PEOPLE -

Whilst I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­cerns of Mr. H (‘Dear cy­clists, stay off the roads – for your own safety’ – Letters Oct 27) for the safety of cy­clists and his com­ments about the in­fra­struc­ture and ed­u­ca­tion of driv­ers, I do not agree with his ad­vice, which, if taken, may push cy­clists onto pave­ments and other walk­ways de­signed for pedes­tri­ans. The prob­lem is es­sen­tially one of ve­hi­cle driv­ers who be­lieve that the faster they drive the more en­ti­tled they are to bully their way through more slowly mov­ing traf­fic, whether it is in the form of cy­clists or what­ever. We will not solve the prob­lem sim­ply by en­cour­ag­ing cy­clists not to use roads, which are ar­guably the proper place for wheeled ve­hi­cles de­signed to travel at speeds faster than a man or woman can run or walk. Rather, we need a com­bi­na­tion of ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing po­lice ac­tion to ed­u­cate driv­ers to be con­sid­er­ate of more slowly mov­ing traf­fic of all types.

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