No con­sid­er­a­tion for other road users

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, There are nu­mer­ous signs be­side our roads say­ing ‘frus­tra­tion causes ac­ci­dents’ and ‘slow ve­hi­cles, use lay­bys to al­low queues to clear’.

Ear­lier this sum­mer there was a mass cy­cle event along a stretch of the A82. Six groups of cy­clists, fol­lowed and pro­ceeded by vans with flash­ing or­ange lights, crawled at about 15mph and were ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to pass safely.

Hav­ing passed one group I pulled in be­hind its lead van and was then en­cour­aged by the driver to pass him on dou­ble white lines.

As far as I could see this group showed no con­sid­er­a­tion for other road users and made no ef­fort to al­le­vi­ate frus­tra­tion or use the lay­bys.

If we are to en­dure another mass cy­cling event, the po­lice should make it clear to par­tic­i­pants they need to obey the in­struc­tions on these ex­cel­lent signs, es­pe­cially in the more dan­ger­ous and dif­fi­cult stretches, in­clud­ing the road be­tween Bal­lachul­ish and Fort Wil­liam.

Ron­ald Cameron, Banavie.

Con­cise anal­y­sis of wind farm ben­e­fits

Sir, Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mike Macken­zie and to the Oban Times for writ­ing and pub­lish­ing a clear and con­cise anal­y­sis of the ben­e­fits of wind farms.

The ar­ti­cle also pointed out the ques­tion­able moral­ity of a coun­try ‘awash with energy’ in­hab­ited by peo­ple who can­not af­ford to heat their houses.

Fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will look back on that with hor­ror and dis­be­lief - as most of us do now.

Jen­nifer Baker, Lis­more.

Air move­ment - in plain English ‘noise’

Sir, I write in re­sponse to MSP Mike MacKen­zie’s com­ments on wind

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