Countering ‘anti-cyclist rant’
SIR, – David Knight could have taken his time before penning his wordy anti-cyclist rant (Press and Journal, November 5).
I’ll cite three of its flaws. First, he chose to mention the regrettable case of a pedestrian killed by an irresponsible cyclist who was rightly punished by the law, but not the far greater numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed by drivers.
Second, he repeated the claim that the AWPR will reduce congestion and automatically improve safety on other routes, in spite of abundant evidence that new roads simply increase traffic through induced demand. Third, he advanced a bizarre theory that
drivers make better cyclists rather than the inverse, as indicated by studies showing cyclists process visual information faster and are therefore better at driving than those who never ride a bike.
The vast majority of cyclists in this country also drive, thanks largely to transport and planning policies that make the car the only practical choice for many journeys, fuelling crises in local air quality, obesity and climate change. Due to the potential for conflict, most cyclists dislike shared spaces such as Broad Street in Aberdeen.
The current fudge, like much of Aberdeen, reflects a lack of both imagination and political courage to do something better. Alan Irving, Redmoss Road, Nigg, Aberdeen