The number of road cyclists has increased greatly in the last few years. Pedestrians are urged to be aware that speeds are faster and stopping distances greater than may be appreciated. Cyclists, like electric vehicles, are silent road users, necessitating the need for looking before crossing the road, not just relying on hearing.
If a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of a cyclist without looking, the cyclist cannot simply brake and stop within five to ten metres or less. In order to avoid a collision and potential significant injury to both cyclist and pedestrian, it may be necessary for the cyclist to shout a warning, which may not be well received, but is more effective than ringing a bell which may not be heard or immediately responded to, to prevent a collision. Road bikes are for this reason not generally equipped with bells. It is far safer for pedestrians to look before crossing the road!
Cyclists are legitimate road users who must be free to enjoy riding without fear of pedestrians stepping out in front of them without looking. Pedestrians please make use of the ‘Green Cross Code’ and look before crossing the road.
Mrs Sue Powdrill
Editorial comment: The article above is printed as submitted. It is clearly written from a cyclists’ perspective. It is right that pedestrians should be aware of cyclists and be careful not to cause an accident. It is equally right for cyclists to be aware of pedestrians and other road users, to follow the Highway Code and not to cause accidents.