The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry

OVER the past few years, count­less thousands of pounds have been spent on cy­cle tracks through­out the west of Scot­land, even­tu­ally link­ing all the way up to In­ver­ness.

I am a bike owner but never cy­cle in Oban as the last time I tried to, I found it a very un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

There’s noth­ing nicer than to load our bikes into the van and head up to the cy­cle path at Ben­der­loch.

How­ever, last week, while on the road to Ap­pin, I wit­nessed a group of cy­clists, in­clud­ing mi­nors, who were de­ter­mined not to use the cy­cle path 10 yards to their left. They point- blank re­fused to move to the side of the road, pro­tect­ing them­selves and al­low­ing traf­fic to pass safely. Many of the driv­ers did not know the road and were un­sure about over­tak­ing.

So what is the point of these cy­cle paths when you come across this kind of self­ish­ness by cy­clists?

Is it time to change the law so that cy­clists on a road next to a bike path can be fined?

Or is it time that cy­clists should also have to pay road tax and be in­sured? That would per­haps deter cy­clists from us­ing our roads and stick to bike paths

If you are cy­cling on a road, be aware of ve­hi­cles stuck be­hind you and don’t cause frus­tra­tion for driv­ers, many of whom are work­ing. This is what can cause ac­ci­dents.

And driv­ers need to re­mem­ber to think once, think twice, think bike.

Let’s all get to our des­ti­na­tions safely. It makes sense.

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