Roads are for all, so respect one another
It is with much interest that I read the letter ("Cyclists must take more responsibility", Mailbox, January 17).
It's a pity that the writer uses words like "loonies", whether they "have brains", "impossible to see", "no value on their lives" and "girlie" bike.
I am a driver and cyclist too, but to point a finger at these people like that is not acceptable.
There is no person who is a "loony" on the road, otherwise, they would be dead.
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When you say "impossible to see", it means completely dark, and that is not possible. And we all value our lives.
There were some good points in your letter, about being highly visible and use of helmets is really commendable, but do not forget the people who are on four wheels who can be very ignorant and careless too. Some think that they are kings of the road!
They have come up to me and pushed me off the road near a junction. They carry on as if they have not even seen me.
They must think that just because they have big cars means that they can just whizz about in residential areas.
Do not forget that even in town, the speed limit is 30mph, yet you guys rush about, forgetting that girl on a "girlie" bike.
They will have no chance with your four-wheeler.
If you are travelling at 30mph, or 20mph as in some areas, you will be able to see and stop for the poor fellow on a bike; otherwise, they will end up under your wheels.
Do not forget, too, that there are not many cycle routes in Leicester, so it's dangerous enough just to ride about the city.
Just this week, I was about to cross over on my green traffic light and a driver almost passed his red light just because he was looking at his phone.
I had to wait until he picked up his head to see where he was going.
I should say that there are some good people who wish us, the cyclists, well.
Last week I met two people so early in the morning handing out hi-vis tools and a cycle bag at the St George's roundabout. I am more seen now because of them. Thank you guys!
I need to thank the city council, too, for a sign I saw in Brabazon Road which shows 1.5 metres as a distance to keep between cyclists and cars. I liked that.
The roads are to be used by all with respect for each other. Whether hi-vis or not, we need to keep to speed limits and keep a level head to those who may be in the wrong sometimes.
We will strive to use these roads together with respect!
Frederick Banda, Leicester.