LETTER: Cyclists must be responsible

Now that the dark nights are here please can I ask that cyclists take responsibility for their safety. Most do I’m sure, but walking home yesterday I came across four cyclists who had not one light on their bikes between them and, wearing dark clothing, it made them very difficult to be seen.

One was cycling along Lushington Road, came to the junction with Gildredge Road and then mounted the pavement to continue his journey, dodging between the pedestrians!

Not one of them was wearing a safety helmet.

My late father cycled to and from work for more than 30 years, and never had an accident. Admittedly there were not as many cars on the roads then, but he always wore some reflective clothing, and maintained his bike making sure all lights were working. He would have been appalled if not bemused to see people cycling on the pavement!

But back then there was usually a Bobby on the beat to enforce the law. Now it seems a free for all, and sadly someone will get hurt.

Rosemary Austin-Cooper

Mill Road

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