The unfortunate injuries to cyclist Bradley Wiggins and British team’s head coach, Shane Sutton (your report,
9 November), yet again highlight the issues of shared use of busy roads. While there is an undoubted need to improve drivers’ awareness of and attention to cyclists, many European countries demonstrate the value of segregation of cars and bikes in urban areas and trunk roads.
At a minimum, new road schemes should be required to incorporate a 2.5 metre cycle path, the incremental costs would be trivial. In a similar vein, why not use the creation of the Borders rail link to create a 30-mile cycle path along the same corridor and linking to the Edinburgh path network? This could ultimately link to our new Tweed Valley cycle path and be an important tourism resource.