Countless near misses

ON Saturday, I walked over for 10 minutes to see what was happening at the jubilee Party on the Prom.

This was the one day cycling was not allowed on the prom; prohibited because of a more active perception as to the “routinely inevitable” threat to pedestrians would be more likely to occur.

In this time, I noted three cyclists who had ridden nearly the whole western promenade party table zone to the pier, hopefully without incident (and one presumes without being stopped, as they were still cycling).

One racing/touring type (with the full dropped handlebars kits) was “spoken to” by attendants as he approached the pier.

One disappeared wobblingly past the pier, and another, to whom I spoke (pointing out that today cycling was not allowed) rode off after countering “no, it’s ok”, and something about “tomorrow, Brighton and Hove”.

Quite simply, for every actual injury caused by the obviously ill-advised mixing of cyclists and pedestrians (the physics remains the same and the other variables are recurrent) there will have been countless “near misses” with all the “shock, alarm and cumulative deterrence to walking” these involve.

Kevin J O’Malley

Liverpool Gardens