LETTER: Lycra lunatics

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I couldn’t agree more with last week’s letter (June 25) from Nick Best regarding the regulation of cyclists.

I won’t repeat the point I made in my previous letter, but the fact remains that anybody of any age can take a bike out on a public, perhaps crowded, road without having taken any test, without carrying insurance, or having any road experience.

A cyclist can safely ignore any road signs, traffic signals or basic rules of the road, seemingly with impunity.

And when there’s an accident, whose fault is it? The motorist every time. Of course there should be more regulations and more qualifications to be gained before taking a bike on the road. Cyclists should pay an annual fee and should be insured.

Children should not be allowed to ride a bike on a main road. Lycra-clad lunatics should not be allowed to race each other on public roads – something I saw recently on the A259. They were going faster than the cars, weaving in and out of traffic and, of course, totally ignoring red lights. I would suggest that 90 per cent of cyclists don’t have the vaguest, remotest idea what they are doing – even those that drive cars.

Once they are on a bike they’re in a different world.

They need more regulation!

Roger Berlin

Cokeham Lane

Sompting

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