Paige Mitchell of Cycle Hereford, Hopton Road, Hereford says drivers and cyclists must take care.

First published in Letters

IN his letter imploring drivers togive cyclists their wiggle room (Reader’s Times, August 30), Ian Skyrme describes familiar experiences which can put people off cycling.

The Spanish wobble room principle is rule 163 of our Highway Code, advising drivers to give vulnerable road users at least as much space as you would a car.

Regular observance of this and a few other simple rules would improve our roads for everyone.

In addition to giving cyclists plenty of room, drivers should slow down, as they would for any other unshielded road user.

Cyclists should see and be seen.

Road positioning is key to this, sometimes safety requires a cyclist to be in the centre of the lane so that drivers can see him or her clearly and anticipate the next manoeuvres.

And of course, the law, on pavement cycling, traffic lights and speed limits, should be obeyed.

Thankfully collisions are rare, but the fear of collision is not.

Traffic intimidation is a major factor influencing the decision to cycle. Competent cycling can reduce risk significantly.

However, the greater weight, speed and power of motor vehicles means there is always a source of danger behind the wheel over which the cyclist has little control.

If better road sharing results in more cycling, there will be more road space for people who use their cars because they must, not because they have been discouraged from cycling out of fear of what a careless or aggressive driver might do to them.

There is a leaflet with more details, Sharing the Road, available from Herefordshire Council. The council also provides free adult cycle training.

PAIGE MITCHELL, Cycle Hereford, Hopton Road, Hereford.

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9:50am Thu 13 Sep 12

oldergit says...

I think a lot of cyclists should learn the rules of the road. It is an offence to cycle on the pavement, disobey traffic signals and carry more than one person on a solo bicycle. Why don't the Police clamp down on these people? Never a copper about I suppose!
I think a lot of cyclists should learn the rules of the road. It is an offence to cycle on the pavement, disobey traffic signals and carry more than one person on a solo bicycle. Why don't the Police clamp down on these people? Never a copper about I suppose! oldergit
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6:56pm Sun 23 Sep 12

old guy says...

What a great comment from Paige Mitchell. When out riding my bike it is very scary how close cars do come to me, particularly the older drivers who seem to lose their spatial awareness.
What a great comment from Paige Mitchell. When out riding my bike it is very scary how close cars do come to me, particularly the older drivers who seem to lose their spatial awareness. old guy
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11:46am Tue 25 Sep 12

TwoWheelsGood says...

oldergit - there are far more drivers of vehicles ignoring the rules (and law) of the road - running red lights, on the phone, texting, speeding etc, all of which constitute a real danger to the life of cyclists.
oldergit - there are far more drivers of vehicles ignoring the rules (and law) of the road - running red lights, on the phone, texting, speeding etc, all of which constitute a real danger to the life of cyclists. TwoWheelsGood
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3:41pm Tue 25 Sep 12

oldergit says...

2wheelsgood. You are oviously a cyclist. Of course there are more motorists breaking the law. There are more of them. What they do in no way absolves you from breaking the law. Get a car.
2wheelsgood. You are oviously a cyclist. Of course there are more motorists breaking the law. There are more of them. What they do in no way absolves you from breaking the law. Get a car. oldergit
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1:51pm Wed 26 Sep 12

TwoWheelsGood says...

oldergit - I cycle, but that gives you no right to assume that I break the law, which I do not. Why do you demand I get a car?
oldergit - I cycle, but that gives you no right to assume that I break the law, which I do not. Why do you demand I get a car? TwoWheelsGood
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7:58pm Wed 26 Sep 12

trucking says...

All road users should obay the law, but cyclists do run red lights constantly, traffic lights are for cyclists too. I cycle too but i obay the law, what i hate seeing is cyclists riding up the inside of a lorry and expect the diver to see them, it happends to me all the time as a lorry driver, if the lorry is stationary in traffic the cyclists should wait for the lorry to move. My views are as a cyclist, car driver and lorry driver.
All road users should obay the law, but cyclists do run red lights constantly, traffic lights are for cyclists too. I cycle too but i obay the law, what i hate seeing is cyclists riding up the inside of a lorry and expect the diver to see them, it happends to me all the time as a lorry driver, if the lorry is stationary in traffic the cyclists should wait for the lorry to move. My views are as a cyclist, car driver and lorry driver. trucking
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6:23am Fri 28 Sep 12

observe62 says...

I agree that more room should be given to cyclists but I too am 'frightened' by children riding bikes with no helmets to protect them, sometimes with adults who also have no helmets for protection.
When is it going to be made law that cyclists also abide by 'rules' and be made to wear a helmet that could predominately save their lives.
My view is as a cyclist, car driver, pedestrian.
I agree that more room should be given to cyclists but I too am 'frightened' by children riding bikes with no helmets to protect them, sometimes with adults who also have no helmets for protection. When is it going to be made law that cyclists also abide by 'rules' and be made to wear a helmet that could predominately save their lives. My view is as a cyclist, car driver, pedestrian. observe62
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