Big fines would tame our cyclists

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A RECENT visit to Copenhagen gave me an answer to the problem of selfish cyclists described by S Edward Gordon (Letters, 17 March). I have never seen a city with so many cyclists yet never saw any cycling on pavements, going through green pedestrian lights or without lights at night.

I asked several cyclists about this; it seems the police can, and do, give heavy on-the-spot fines to cyclists who do any of these things, and this stops them breaking the law. I ­cycle, and admired a city where ­cyclists and pedestrians were able to coexist without the antagonism so prevalent here in Edinburgh.

It was because of selfish cycling behaviour in Copenhagen that the crackdown occurred. We need it to happen here.

John Warburton, Edinburgh