I apologise for being a cyclist
Following the BBC's War On Our Roads programme, the Mercury has published several letters linked to the subject, which have received numerous comments, both pro and anti-cycling. so it appears the debate has been reignited.
There is no denying that there are inconsiderate cyclists, that there are cyclists who ride on the pavement, who jump red lights, and some with no lights themselves.
It seems then that cyclists are a menace, a nuisance, an inconvenience and law-breakers.
So on behalf of my fellow cyclists, I'm going to apologise.
I'm going to apologise for reducing the number of motor vehicles on the road, therefore reducing congestion, and due to this, motor vehicles are able to go faster, and in turn be caught speeding, are able to speed up when the green light turns to amber!
I apologise to pedestrians for cycling on cycle paths which the local council puts on pavements, then abruptly stops.
For cycling in the pedestrianised areas identified for joint use and for also causing you to become distracted at pedestrian crossings and believing the little red man means that you can cross safely.
I would also like to apologise to all the charities for which cyclists raise money for good causes – we thought we were doing a good thing!
And lastly, I would like to apologise to all our children, including those of the pedestrian and the motorist – we have clearly made cycling too dangerous for our young to participate in and enjoy.
PS: I forgot to apologise for contributing in making our summer of sport truly memorable, Wiggo should not have won the Tour de France or Sports Personality of the Year, and British cycling should not have won so many medals.
We know it was an unpleasant feeling, being successful in a sport!
Wayne Henderson, Leicester.