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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?

Richard Hill

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.

James Stephen

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.

Lee Thomp­son

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!

Kevin Black­burn

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.

Paul Davis

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.

Paul Oz

Cy­cling-spe­cific in­fra­struc­ture is be­com­ing com­mon­place in big cities

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