Cyclists’ contempt

THE experience of Mr Harman as a pedestrian in Worthing (Herald letters, September 20) comes as no surprise.

Persistent and gradually increasing examples of cyclists being prepared to demonstrate their contempt for any rules and regulations they find “inconvenient”, is one of the consequences of cyclists being able to mix with pedestrians.

Allowing cycling interests “with access to influence” to have the opportunity of engineering the progressive scandal that is “shared use” across the nation is a serious matter.

The anti-social mixing of cyclists and pedstrians, seen in examples as those cited last week, will always be unacceptable in Britain to those properly concerned with the safety and sensible comfort of the general population (with all their physical frailities) at Large (and usually walking) in public, i.e. pedestrians.

It must be remembered that there are many responsible road cyclists, who should not let their honourable position be abused by the use of cycling’s fortuitous combination of mechanical advantage and personal achievement (as expressed in its iconic green and sporting image) to further the personal, factional and commercial interests of others.

Kevin J. O’Malley

Liverpool Gardens

Worthing