Cyclists are a law unto themselves

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I AM shocked at the behaviour of many of the cyclists in town. They seem to think the rules of the road don’t apply to them.

I’ve witnessed two on the wrong side of the road on St Peter’s Hill. The oncoming traffic had to swerve to avoid a collision with them.

I have also seen this on Castlegate: a cyclist going the wrong way down the road, towards oncoming traffic. On shouting out at the grown man that he was cycling the wrong way down a one-way street, he shouted back: “Yeah, I know.”

I walk to work with my wife down Hill Avenue. There have been countless times when cyclists have come down behind us, not used their bells (they rarely have them) and instead pour foul-mouthed abuse at us for being in the way.

Now, I realise that the pavement has been split into a cycle path and a footpath, but pedestrians have right of way.

Cyclists, please. You are not the only people on the road. You are subject to the same rules as every other person on the road.

I am a cyclist too. I cycle to work on a Saturday, on the road, following the rules of the road, using proper full hand signals and haven’t encountered any problem with other road users. If I can do it, anyone can.

MATTHEW WILSON

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