Clash of the road users

MONUMENTAL RIDE: Selby cyclist Peter Milner takes part in the Lewis Barry Memorial Ride. Picture: Mark Sayer
MONUMENTAL RIDE: Selby cyclist Peter Milner takes part in the Lewis Barry Memorial Ride. Picture: Mark Sayer

VOCAL readers have been debating the rocky relationship between different road users.

The feisty discussion on the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook flared up as part of our hit campaign Respect on the Roads.

Mick Carroll claimed: “There are many cyclists with no regard for the rules of the road and put their own – and other people’s – safety at risk.”

He said many cyclists go through red lights and added: “Equally many drivers disregard cyclists and will overtake them then turn left straight across their path, pass them with little clearance or try and intimidate them.”

Mr Carroll called for better education for all road users.

Simon Redding commented: “The Highway Code says that when overtaking a cyclist you should leave a car width in case they fall off while you’re passing. How many people do that? I’m fed up of being cut up by drivers who risk life and limb so they can get to work seconds earlier. That’s why I ride down the middle of the lane now – self defence!”

Laura Spirelass Batterham criticised cyclists who ride on the pavement while Nicky Boam claimed a bike scratched his car and said that cyclists should have insurance to use roads.

Andrew Booker added: “I’m a cyclist and I stick to pavements when a car is approaching. It’s safer for myself and easier for drivers.”

Helen Hall, herself a cyclist, called for more cycle lines in Derbyshire.

Marie Catherine England commented that many horse riders ride side by side, not in single file, which causes problems.

Holly Louise Ralph added: “Everyone has the right to use the roads.”

l Pledge to be a more respectful driver. Email your name and hometown to respect@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.

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