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Cyclists refusing to use designated lanes

It really annoys me when cyclists complain about road projects being unfriendly to cyclists (Write Back, August 22).

In Newtownards, when the new link road between Comber Road and Portaferry Road was built, a cycle lane was included. Also, the dual carriageway between Comber and Newtownards has a cycle lane included.

But do the cyclists in Newtownards use them? The answer is "very few". They still cycle on the road, causing delays and also putting themselves in danger.

I would like to ask the planners to think again about providing cycle lanes - the 'lycra louts' will not use them. Don't waste any more money on cyclists. Is there any legislation in place that the PSNI could use to force cyclists to use cycle lanes when provided?

If pedestrians walk on the road when they should be on the footpath there is the offence of jaywalking.

We need something similar for cyclists.

READER

Newtownards, Co Down

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