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Letter: Your Say - Cyclists must consider the motorist too.

Byline: Kevin Lynch

A CYCLIST has the option of cycling in the left-hand lane of a normal carriageway or cycling upon a designated cycle path 25ft away.

He chooses to cycle in the left-hand lane of the carriageway, not just in the left-hand lane, but in the centre of the left-hand lane.

Motorists formed a queue behind him because in order to overtake him they would have to traverse the cross-hatched centre line.

When prosecuted for cycling without consideration for other road users he was at first found guilty and later the verdict was overturned by a judge.

I know judges are notoriously out of touch but this is ludicrous. By his selfish action in cycling 10ft away from the kerb, the cyclist deprived the motorist of use of the carriageway and therefore cycling without consideration is clearly a reasonable charge.

His selfish and potentially dangerous actions should have resulted in the confiscation of his bicycle and disqualification from riding same for a couple of years until he has had time to read and absorb passages from the highway code.

I do hope that other cyclists will refrain from following his appalling example and I hope that the judiciary will explain to His Lordship that no longer are motorists preceded by a man walking with a red flag.

Cycling has its place but not in the middle of a road holding up and endangering the safety of the average motorist.

Kevin Lynch, Westwood Heath.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 7, 2007
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