Frus­trated with how some cy­clists ig­nore rules of road

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

WRIT­ING as both a cy­clist and a mo­torist, I am get­ting more and more frus­trated with the way many - not all though - cy­clists ig­nore the rules of the road.

Driv­ing to work the other day along Bel­ton Road, there was a cy­clist on the road, who all the driv­ers were giv­ing plenty of room and be­ing mind­ful of.

Then, as we got to the traf­fic lights near B&Q, the lights turned red, the cars stopped - and the cy­clist mounted the pave­ment, raced across the cross­ing and jumped back onto the road past the junc­tion.

Again, driv­ers caught back up with him fur­ther along the road, got to the junc­tion with Meadow Lane, the lights turned red - and off he went onto the pave­ment, round the junc­tion and back onto the road.

As the lights turned green, I saw the same cy­clist then rac­ing to­ward the next set of lights ahead, which turned red - and the cy­clist then com­pletely ig­nored them, just look­ing to see if cars were com­ing from other direc­tions be­fore cy­cling right across the big junc­tion. If I had done this in a car, I’d quite rightly ex­pect to be locked up by the po­lice within a short space of time.

And this is the prob­lem us cy­clists face - the bad be­hav­iour of some cy­clists causes im­mense bad feel­ing and frus­tra­tion among mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans for their in­con­sid­er­ate and down­right dan­ger­ous acts. But what is the an­swer? Es­tab­lish a reg­is­tra­tion scheme for bikes? En­force in­surance poli­cies for cy­clists? Have cy­cling lessons and road­craft as part of the school cur­ricu­lum?

It is a tricky sub­ject to find a solution to - and I know that the same can be said of many mo­torists, who ig­nore the rules of the road, har­rass other driv­ers and cy­clists, break the speed limit and tail­gate peo­ple who may be ‘just’ driv­ing at the speed limit.

Be­hav­iour on the roads ap­pears to be get­ting worse and worse, and as long as these of­fend­ers think they can get away with it, noth­ing will change.

Per­haps it is sim­ply a case of par­ents tak­ing more re­spon­si­bil­ity for teach­ing their chil­dren right from wrong - and hope­fully in a gen­er­a­tion’s time, it may be bet­ter

You have to live in hope.

A frus­trated Lough­bor­ough driver and cy­clist.

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