I am a pedestrian, cyclist and motorist and it is not easy to avoid extremes in discussing the relationships between road users.
There will always be human error and with this in mind I wear a hi-vis top of some kind on my bike 90 per cent of the time but find I am shaking my head more often at the growing number of pavement cyclists in my area.
I am also concerned at the amount of dangerous driving, particularly at roundabouts which some drivers treat like a race track.
Perhaps if we survive the next million years we will develop 360-degree vision.
There is no perfect answer unless everyone is on their best behaviour and the current government campaign is right in appealing for niceness, although I fear few road users will apply the message to themselves.
In her letter (31 July) Brenda Mitchell also suggests that the “Nice Way Code” advertising campaign will make little difference.
As a small constructive response perhaps she and her colleagues at Cycle Law Scotland can replace the photographs on their website with new ones of themselves in hi-vis cycling tops.
If YOU cut a cross-section through any social group you’ll get the same, hopefully small, proportion of dimwits as in any other, so David Roche (Letters, 31 July) is quite correct.
He is also correct regarding cyclists preserving their own safety. Nothing is more infuriating to a safety-conscious cyclist, whether cycling or driving, than to encounter a cyclist in poor light in dark clothing seemingly unaware of his own near invisibility.
A couple of years ago a well-known road racer was killed on a Highland road and while the judge found the driver guilty of driving without due care, he also took time to observe that the cyclist’s dark clothing was doubtless a contributing factor. Let’s consider the death toll described by Brenda Mitchell. Nine is a dreadful number and it is not matched by dead drivers. Regardless of blame, cyclists will always come off worst in any encounter. Something should change.
Even if recent proposed liability legislation has been rejected, it surely cannot be beyond the bounds of legislative imagination to come up with a solution that both protects cyclists from dimwitted or belligerent drivers and hauls the unruly minority of cyclists into line with both the law and common sense.
There have been rather a lot of letters lately regarding cyclists, for and against, also motorists, cycle paths, the Highway Code and the law. As an ex-cyclist and a motorist of long standing it is my contention that we road users and pedestrians should treat all cyclists as slightly wayward and errant children whom one has to care for and look out for, even when they are not your very own.