Live and let live

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IWAS dis­ap­pointed to see Nick Portet per­pet­u­at­ing the anti-cy­clist hys­te­ria (Letters, Novem­ber 16). Of course, some cy­clists drop lit­ter and, of course, they should not—it’s foul. How­ever, has Mr Portet never seen driv­ers throw­ing lit­ter out of their ve­hi­cles? Yes, we slow cars down, a dread­ful in­con­ve­nience. Yes, some cy­clists ex­press them­selves rea­son­ably di­rectly; has Mr Portet never wit­nessed such be­hav­iour from a driver? And ‘pub­lic uri­na­tion sadly com­mon­place’? Come off it— does a cy­clist pee­ing be­hind a tree cause any angst?

In the New For­est re­cently, demon­stra­tors threw tacks across a road, know­ing that cy­clists were ap­proach­ing. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have be­lieved it. Abroad, there is with­out doubt a greater spirit of live and let live where two wheels are con­cerned.

Both sides of this schism in Bri­tain need to try to put them­selves in the other’s seat, once in a while. Robert Paw­son, by email

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