Mercury Opinion: Cyclists and pedestrians do not mix
Many readers will be delighted to see that the police have mounted an operation to deter cyclists from riding on pavements and will no doubt hope that the same thing will be done elsewhere in the city. This is an issue which comes up time and time again in letters to the Mercury and it is clear that people are fed up with the problem of pavement cyclists.
Bicycles and pedestrians do not mix well. There is simply not enough room for both on the city's pavements.
We know that some cyclists are wary of riding on the roads and that there are good reasons for their caution. It can be intimidating, particularly on major routes, to negotiate the multiple hazards with which one is confronted as a cyclist.
While most drivers are considerate and careful around cyclists there are a minority who are not. The situation with regards to cycle lanes around the city has undoubtedly improved over the past few years.
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However, there are still many sections of roads where they either do not exist or where they are inadequate as they are too narrow or end abruptly, forcing cyclists into the flow of traffic.
However, having said all that, it is still not a justification for people to ride on the pavements.
Cyclists have made a choice in using a bicycle and must follow the rules that entails. If they are worried about the roads they should either do some cycling safety training – which is offered by the city council – or not cycle.
Congratulations to volunteers from De Montfort University's Mile2 programme for the highly-successful drive held yesterday to recruit donors to the Anthony Nolan Trust bone marrow register and also to the students who took part.
About 360 people signed up, making this event the charity's most successful university campus recruitment drive in this country. The Anthony Nolan Trust provides a vital service and the efforts of the Mile2 programme and the students will help in giving hope to people who are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants.