Make cy­clists pay

Evening Times - - FEATURES -

I DON’T un­der­stand why we ‘need’ more cy­cle lanes in Glas­gow. Cy­clists can use bus lanes, which are al­ready in place, but most choose not to.

Most cy­clists don’t stop at traf­fic lights, they dont wear high-viz cloth­ing, they don’t have lights on their bikes. With the dark, wet evenings, it is hard to see them.

Cy­clists have to be re­spon­si­ble for their own safety. See and be seen. All too of­ten they cut up drivers and pedes­tri­ans. They can be their own worst en­emy. It is time they took re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own saftey.

Why should a driver be blamed for some id­iot who de­cides to cy­cle on dark roads at night with ab­so­lutely NO high-viz, lights or a hel­met, if they get hit by a ve­hi­cle?

A car MUST have lights, which work, or they can be fined, so why not a cy­clist? Drivers must sit a test, buy in­sur­ance, etc but cy­clists don’t need any­thing. They don’t even have a bell on their bikes.

Most of them wear head­phones, don’t know how to sig­nal to let oth­ers know which way they are go­ing, etc. Maybe it’s time to li­cence them and make them pay in­sur­ance. Put them through a cy­cling course be­fore they are al­lowed on the roads.

Some of them speed through parks with no thought to other park users.

Well, enough is enough. Time to stop wast­ing money mak­ing new cy­cle lanes when they are hardly used. They al­ready use the roads and pave­ments. The coun­cil are short of money but they can find mil­lions for things like cy­cle lanes.

It has got worse since the SNP took over the reins at Glas­gow City Coun­cil. The driver is an easy tar­get. The coun­cil has forced thou­sands upon thou­sands of park­ing bays upon us, bumped up park­ing charges, bumped up park­ing per­mits to £85, with no guar­an­tee of a space. We al­ready pay a high price to use the roads.

Don­ald McGill, Glas­gow

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