A test for cyclists is good idea too
Although I agree wholeheartedly with Mike Higgins' petition to have more questions about vulnerable road users on a driving test ("Thousands back Mike's e-bid to change road test", Mercury, January 21), that will not solve the problem.
As a driver myself, and as a motorcyclist previously, I have seen numerous cases where cyclists have completely disregarded the rules of the road, putting themselves and others in danger.
Incidents include running red lights, not wearing protective or safety equipment, having no lights and wearing dark clothes (in winter, I might add, that is ridiculous), switching between lanes on the road to cut off pedestrian crossings, pulling out on to the road between parked cars, and other acts that would be considered, if a motorcyclist was to perform these actions, as illegal and dangerous.
If the driving test is to be changed to protect these "vulnerable people", then perhaps a test for cyclists to take, similar to the CBT, where they learn the correct protective equipment, how to handle all aspects of using the road, and maybe even a theory test, as well, so cyclists can say they understand the rules of the road, because anyone without real training can buy a bike and cycle on the road.
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This is not the case for car drivers or motorcyclists who have to have numerous lessons and tests before we can use our vehicles on the road.
I would respectfully ask anybody who has signed that petition to consider a petition for a formal cycling test, by certified instructors, to aid in keeping cyclists aware of their own actions on the road, and the effect they have on other road users.
Douglas Boulter, Thurmaston.
It's good someone has compiled an e-petition to ask for learner drivers to be asked questions about how to deal with cyclists on the road.
The only problem is that the Highway Code is a set of rules and not law!
The rules are there for guidelines and to be learnt for passing a driving theory test. So as I see it, after drivers have passed their tests, they are allowed to drive as they please and other road users will always come off second best. Unless this is changed, then relatives of deceased or injured cyclists will be annoyed there's no real protection to safeguard them in the first place. Make the Highway Code law.
Yvonne Ballard, South Wigston.
Having reached my nineties, I have time to reflect on many things. This winter, I realise what a great blessing our home "carers" are, both family and professional. I would like them to know how much they are appreciated and needed. Living in sheltered accommodation more so. A happy new year to all, with many thanks.
E M Whittle, Wigston.