Safer routes there for cy­clists to use

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

Dear Edi­tor I read with in­ter­est in the Ob­server (Novem­ber 23, 2018) the ar­ti­cle on the Sus­trans re­port propos­ing im­prove­ments to routes for cy­clists.

It is a great idea – es­pe­cially if it means get­ting cy­clists off the road and on to a safer route, as they do in Ger­many.

How­ever, I am con­stantly dis­mayed by the num­ber of cy­clists who sim­ply ig­nore the safe cy­cle routes (ie. the one from Tulli­body to Manor Powis) and cy­cle on the road.

Then there’s the Hill­foots Road – with a clearly marked cy­cle path and yet an­other op­tion from Cause­way­head round­about to Bridge of Al­lan.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence and ut­ter an­noy­ance, de­spite the thou­sands of pre­cious tax­pay­ers money to cre­ate these safe routes, cy­clists still use busy and much less safe roads.

Cy­clists come on to these busy roads at peak time traf­fic and of­ten have no mir­rors to see what is be­hind them.

They take silly chances cross­ing and cut­ting through round­abouts and of­ten have ear pieces in so that they can­not hear ei­ther.

A cy­clist re­cently fell in front of my ve­hi­cle on the Hill­foots Road after skid­ding. For­tu­nately I was well enough be­hind to stop, but it was a scary ex­pe­ri­ence – for us both.

This puts every­one at risk, es­pe­cially the cy­clists them­selves, and it’s about high time that they made use of these safer routes where avail­able or face penal­ties.

Michelle Mar­shall By email

In­vest­ment New cy­cle route avoid­ing Manor Powis round­about planned but will cy­clists use it?

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