Mo­tor­ing at­ti­tudes

Cycling Weekly - - Letters -

I’ve had some time to sit and pon­der af­ter a re­cent road traf­fic col­li­sion be­tween my­self and a skip lorry, re­sult­ing in me los­ing my right leg, why the Bri­tish car/ lorry driver has such a bad at­ti­tude to­wards us cy­clists. Firstly there are the idiots (cy­clists) who seem to think red lights, wear­ing bright colours, not jump­ing be­tween pave­ment and road, and us­ing lights that work don’t ap­ply to them.

Sec­ondly, the neg­a­tive at­ti­tude is be­ing drummed into the new gen­er­a­tion of young drivers from the out­set of their driv­ing ca­reer, as I found out this evening. My wife and I had bought my 17-year-old son a block of driv­ing lessons for his Christ­mas present. On his first les­son the in­struc­tor ac­tu­ally bad-mouthed cy­clists as “Ly­cra-clad peo­ple” (I can’t use his ex­act words)! So, it’s no won­der why there seems to be so much angst be­tween us road users. As you can imag­ine, my son dropped this in­struc­tor af­ter see­ing the re­sult of a driver not be­ing aware of other road users, i.e. me!

Nigel Hamp­shire, email

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