Giv­ing Bris­tol a bad name

Bristol Post - - COMMENT | LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ BRIS­TOL is a great city but it seems to have a prob­lem with-street-level crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. It’s great to see the new cy­cle lanes go­ing in, like on Princes Street and Bald­win Street, but it’s got to be said that some peo­ple who cy­cle give the rest a bad name – rid­ing too fast among pedes­tri­ans, rid­ing at night with­out lights, cy­cling in an in­tim­i­dat­ing way.

Some Bris­tol cy­clists seem to need rein­ing in. Bet­ter rules would help. Maybe some plain­clothes po­lice could cy­cle around and catch and de­ter th­ese peo­ple.

There’s also a prob­lem with the street drunks. I saw a bearded young hobo, a gui­tar strapped to his back and a can of al­co­hol in his hand, rudely ha­rass a tourist in Bald­win Street on Sun­day. The tourist walked off with a bad im­pres­sion. Maybe Bris­tol needs to get tough on street beg­gars and ha­rass­ing be­hav­iours in pub­lic.

Daan De Wit

Adopted Bris­to­lian

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