LETTER: Cars in control of our streets

This week I have heard of three different cycle-related incidents in Eastbourne so time once again to put pen to paper with a plea for renewed action from us all. The dear wife of a colleague was knocked off her bike by a car driver. Luckily she was unhurt but of course shaken and now understandably wary of riding on Eastbourne roads again. Another person I know of experienced a case of serious road rage from a driver that ended in a physical altercation. The cause was simply not giving the cyclist enough space on the road. Today another colleague of mine who is a Bikeability instructor was out on a quiet road near a primary school with a small group of nine-11-year-olds. A passing parent driver slowed right down, pointing at their watch. The body language message clearly was ‘are you mad to be on the road approaching school run time?’

Evidently cars rule. It’s a pity she was not riding to fetch her child from school, probably a half mile round trip with no stress, no carbon footprint and no school parking issues. Since cars conquered the streets, fear and worry have become an integral part of daily life for Eastbourne bicyclists and pedestrians.

Feeling safe is crucial if we hope to have people embrace town space.

David Fraser

Boston Close

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