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Cyclists are still most vulnerable

Paula Bradshaw is right that the most vulnerable on our roads are unprotected pedestrians and cyclists (Writeback, Jan 7).

Wearing bright clothing and lights (at all times) helps but in my 65 years of regular cycling, I have been knocked off my bicycle twice with countless “near misses”, followed by the comment of many drivers: “Didn’t see you, mate.” Their behaviour tells me they have little idea what riding a bicycle is like, so I’d like drivers to experience doing so in traffic as part of the driving test.

I also want to apologise for those cyclists who give us a bad name and who endanger motorists by their reckless riding.

Let us all be good friends and keep death off the roads.



Belfast Telegraph