The Herald

Cyclists endangered by thoughtles­s drivers

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AS AN intensive care specialist, Dr Roger Hughes seems in conflict with Dr Colin Guthrie, a general practition­er, who promotes the public health benefits of cycling. As a diabetes specialist, I wish to lend my support to Dr Guthrie as cycling and other forms of physical activity can delay the onset of diabetes in at-risk people and improve control in people with diagnosed diabetes.

I offer the following suggestion­s to stop Glasgow cyclists becoming patients of Dr Hughes.

Cycle lanes should be for cyclists – parking cars on cycle lanes forces cyclists into the stream of traffic.

Combined bus, taxi and cycle lanes should be for buses, taxis and cycles – cars speeding illegally along bus lanes pay no attention to cyclists.

Advanced stop lines (the boxes for cycles at traffic lights that often have a cycle symbol) should be for cyclists – cars stopping on ASLs force cyclists into oncoming traffic or between rows of stopped cars. These measures are all supposed to increase safety for cyclists in Glasgow but because of the unthinking behaviour of a small minority of car drivers, paradoxica­lly decrease safety for cyclists. Miles Fisher, 53 South Mains Road, Milngavie, Glasgow. BILL Wright, the chairman of Cycling Scotland, and Danny Alderslowe, the Green councillor, miss part of the reason people don’t cycle more. Yes, the weather is partly to blame but most cyclists are fairly well equipped and the weather does gets better.

What doesn’t improve is the state of our roads. They are a national disgrace, and year on year they are deteriorat­ing without any obvious maintenanc­e. There are many serious defects on the carriagewa­ys on which cyclists travel that are a much more serious threat than the odd shower. Alasdair MacPhee, 381 Glasgow Road, Waterfoot.

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