Letter: The moaning minority on Barrack Road cycle lane
SIR – I was disappointed to read in the 17th September issue that once again there are "hundreds" against a proposed cycle lane. This time in Barrack Road Christchurch.
Probably there were thousands in favour, but then they stay quiet and the minority do all the moaning. I can see that it will affect traffic and possibly some business, but I thought we, the planet, were trying to tackle climate change; getting people to walk or cycle rather than use a car would be a step in that direction.
Motorists cause a lot of pollution and should realise that a reduction is urgently needed regardless of the inconvenience. In the same issue, Mr Walsh is asserting that cyclists should be treated the same as motorists and implying that cyclists are all rule breakers due to no identification.
The majority of cyclists are law abiding and do not do anything they like when they like. Ridiculous to say so. A cyclist is about once removed from a pedestrian as far as risk to others is concerned, and to impose motorist rules and regulations on them is equally ridiculous.
I do agree that a bell should be a legal requirement, also the use of it when approaching from behind. There is plenty of lip service paid to climate change but most don't bother because they don't care. If they did, they would drive less fast, not speed, and not moan about cycle lanes.