It’s a dangerous game’ for pedestrians of all ages

PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 May 2010

REGARDING the letter from Eleanor Smyth on cyclists on the pavement (Crow Postbag, February 15), I believe this is a dangerous game for pedestrians of all ages who can be killed or injured by this action. A case recently claimed a life when the victim ste

REGARDING the letter from Eleanor Smyth on cyclists on the pavement (Crow Postbag, February 15), I believe this is a dangerous game for pedestrians of all ages who can be killed or injured by this action.

A case recently claimed a life when the victim stepped out of their gate into the path of an oncoming cyclist in the pavement. It knocked the victim down, and the victim died a few days later.

I believe there is a clause in the Road Traffic Act 1988 used to prosecute cyclists who terrify pedestrians by cycling on the pavement which is "failing to show reasonable consideration".

I feel that the highways department could erect signs to remind cyclists that it is an offence and for the law to uphold it. I believe my Council Tax may cover this proclamation.

My next suggestions would be to introduce number plates therefore the culprits may be identified and issued with a fine so that they are not beyond the reach of the law and will be brought to account.

This registration would also be useful if their cycles were stolen.

What I find personally alarming is that when a cyclist is coming towards me, I step back to avoid impact and the cyclist says "cheers" or "thanks".

JANE BYE

Royston

ELEANOR Smyth's letter, Cyclists on pavement are becoming a danger (The Crow, February 15) highlighted an area where Royston could be a more greener and an enjoyable place to live.

Royston has, like any other town, been victim of the increase in population and the trend to have more than one car per family.

The parks, sports centre, the heath and other attractions make Royston a popular town in which to live.

The A505 and A10 are busy commuter roads and the town centre with its narrow roads means provision for cycles is limited and few pavements cannot be adjusted to be cycle-friendly.

I agree cycles should stay at home as this area is unsafe and as a family we travel miles having just returned from Pitsford reservoir to cycle on safe off-road terrain. With so much countryside on our doorstep I am perplexed as the prospects of creating a safe-user environment for cyclist.

Is there anyone that could create an off- road area for cyclist and families?

With the Government's campaign to make children fitter and cycling an aerobic exercise and a pleasurable hobby, Royston could be an ideal, resourceful area to provide a safe green option and then everyone may enjoy this beautiful area without the dangers.

ANNE PEVERETT

Thurnall Avenue, Royston

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