STAYING SAFE: The problem with cyclists on the open road is the speed difference between bikes and cars.
STAYING SAFE: The problem with cyclists on the open road is the speed difference between bikes and cars. Chris Ison

YOUR SAY: Cyclists must play their part on our roads

WHILE it is true motorists need to understand and stick to the road rules (Hugh Wilson, TC, 26/10), just because some things are legal, it doesn't automatically make them advisable or - in some circumstance - even safe.

The problem with cyclists on the open road is the inevitable speed difference between bikes and cars, which is why bikes are not allowed on motorways.

In heavy traffic cyclists can often be difficult to see until you're right on top of them, when a quick lane change may not be possible, and the driver's only option is severe and sudden braking which ripples back along the following vehicles.

This could be one reason why so many drivers stay in the right hand lane between Highfields and the city rather than keeping left when not overtaking.

I admire cyclists' commitment to their health and the environment. However it is unfair and selfish to argue that bicycles are legal road users and therefore, by inference, if their inherent characteristics create dangerous situations, that motorists alone are responsible.

Of course, drivers need to be looking well ahead for problems and not stare at the bumper sticker on the vehicle in front or play with their phone/GPS.

But cyclists also need to play their part and not sit on their digs about legality and their "rights".

If a particular route or time of day is not conducive to safe cycling, then please, make alternative arrangements.

Many car drivers feel it's safer to avoid periods of increased risk such as rush hour, if they can.

Why not cyclists?

TONY LAKE, Meringandan West



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