Drivers should know their place

I write in support of Dr Tim Kimber’s letter (March 31) in which he extols the virtues of cycling.

Even while working in London I have, over many years, used this time saving, wealth preserving, exercise-promoting and parking-alleviating mode of transport.

Being a motorist myself I am able, when cycling, to gauge the poor, indeed stupid and sometimes dangerous, application of other road users’ skills.

That said, I deplore the use of pavements which some cyclists (especially adults - who ought to know better) feel is their divine rite to negotiate.

They are probably driven there by motorists whose lack of understanding of the Highway Code allows them to force their way ahead on the road, regardless of obstacles, to gain what results in precious little territory.

I believe the bad habits of many drivers can be summarized in one of two ways: impatience (already alluded to) and laziness (parking as near to one’s destination even if it means bringing grass verges into the equation rather than to use a more appropriate hard-standing further along and walking back).

As a cyclist I make it quite clear in which direction I intend to proceed along a road; with the easy use of flashing indicators why can’t ALL motorists extend the same courtesy?

A final word about cycling: most of a vehicle’s wear and tear occurs during the first 10 miles when starting from cold; for that reason, if I know my journey is going to be shorter, I cycle.

James Algar

Southfields Road

Littlehampton

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