Big question, plus your letters
We’re besotted by the car in this country. The laws favour it and the roads are tailored to it. The social attitudes and norms are so conditioned that people do not equate their actions in a car to the reality. We’re a small country with an increasing population — surely you’d think the government would invest in a mode of transportation that was smaller, less polluting and actually ‘good’ for their voters?
Drivers should be forced to pay road tax, have insurance, stop running red lights, being drunk, driving on pavements, using their phone at the wheel and wear a helmet.
I think it’s more of a society issue. More and more people are becoming discourteous, disrespectful and just not nice people. The number of ignorant motorists, cyclists and pedestrians staggers me at times. Unfortunately, in the UK, cyclists seem to be seen as fair game. I’ve seen some shocking comments on social media recently, scary stuff. Everyone should be camera’d up; since I started wearing Gopro on my helmet I may look odd but it seems to act as a bit of a deterrent — close passes appear to have almost halved.
Drivers should be made to take a bike out on roads before passing a driving test. Maybe then they will get to see the problems for themselves.
Robert Miller Roll out Operation Close Pass everywhere — there can be no objections to this, if people genuinely have concerns over safety!
Where I live in the Scottish Borders my biggest concern is the shocking state of repair of the roads. On both A-roads and minor roads there are large numbers of potholes, badly patched repairs and generally poor road surfaces. This can be extremely unpleasant to cycle on and often necessitates changing road position to avoid these hazards. I’ve also had a couple of incidents lately on fast A-roads of oncoming cars overtaking other cars while I’m approaching and visible to them. I’m left having to squeeze into the side of the road to avoid colliding with the oncoming overtaking car. I will probably now buy a Gopro so I can record such reckless driving and take the footage to the police.
Nick Scott Roads are dangerous. So why oh why do I see so many cyclists without helmets or lights and then they’ll have earphones in listening to music! Utter madness. If we want drivers to be more considerate, then we must do all we can to help ourselves.
I’ve ridden more days than not for 30 years... and I think attitudes have improved, to be honest. The roads are so much busier, yes, but I do think that drivers are more aware now, generally allow more room when overtaking, and are more accountable. Of course, there are exceptions.
Cycling-specific infrastructure is becoming commonplace in big cities