Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Today's cyclists don't seem to obey road rules

I HAVE been a cyclist, a motorcyclist and now a car driver. When I was a cyclist, I obeyed the laws, stayed on my side of the road and did not ride on pavements.

Some of the present generation of cyclists seem to take a contrary view. I have seen cyclists swanning merrily through red lights while the rest of traffic awaited the change to green.

I have seen cyclists shooting along footpaths in blind indifference to pedestrians. I have seen cyclists cutting across motorists and lanes as if the devil was on their tail.

What's galling about all this is that, if a cyclist is struck by a motorist, he or she will be hit with a motor insurance hike and probably have to defend themselves in court.

Unlike the motorist, the cyclist pays no road tax and no insurance.

LIAM COOKE

By e-mail

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