Bikes are men­ace

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Home Help With A Difference -

THEY spend more on their gaudy Ly­cra and rac­ing tuned ma­chines than most peo­ple dish out on food in a month.

Yet, ap­par­ently they can­not af­ford that most ba­sic of warn­ing in­stru­ments... the bi­cy­cle bell. A daily stroll through the nar­row coun­try lanes of West­well once of­fered bird­song, with cour­te­ous mo­torists slow­ing to squeeze gen­tly past.

Sum­mer has bought out the silent men­ace... rac­ing bikes that only re­veal their pres­ence as they hur­tle past... some­times, and some­how, even find­ing a space be­tween my wife and I as we daw­dle along.

It’s a scary mo­ment, and our shouts of protest are ig­nored.

It’s manda­tory for cars to have horns, yet not for bikes which can also in­jure or kill.

Time for an­other cam­paign for your reg­u­lar cor­re­spon­dent Ten Prag­nell! Brian Lewis, West­well

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