Fit timers to bus lane cameras
Sir Peter Soulsby's comment that the best way to avoid confusing drivers is to have the bus lane restrictions in force 24 hours a day ("Bus lanes crackdown 'needs to be flexible'", Mercury, January 5) is pathetic.
There have been bus lanes in Welford Road for years. Restrictions are enforced during the morning and evening rush-hours and the rest of the time they can be used by anyone and they work perfectly well.
I suggest he gets someone from the council's works department to visit the nearest DIY store to buy a trolley-load of electrical timers and fits one to each camera.
They can then be set to switch off at 11pm and back on at 6am. How hard is that?
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If Sir Peter keeps dragging his feet on this issue it will only reinforce the views held by most drivers that these cameras are there to swell the council's coffers, not to aid road safety.
Don Tallis, Wigston.
Riding on the pavement is far safer for the cyclist and causes no problem if it is an area fairly free of pedestrians.
A bell should be compulsory on bikes so the unsuspecting walker can be alerted from at least six metres.
In busy shopping areas or where there are a lot of people walking, the cyclist should dismount.
All it takes is common sense and common courtesy on both sides.
S Neal, Birstall.
I agree entirely with your editorial of January 9 saying the royal visit was money well spent.
It was enhanced by the photograph of the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge sitting next to each other at De Montfort University and having a good laugh together.
I would think it was published all around the world, giving Leicester extra publicity and was surely the nicest royal family photograph of 2012. Well worth printing again.
Roger Smith, Narborough.