Letter - I’m sure my bell will keep me nice and safe

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IN response to letters over the last two weeks, I would like to reply on behalf of the hard-pressed cyclist.

I have been a cycle commuter for about 20 years and pompous letters quoting the Highway Code always make me laugh.

Fiona Stocks quite rightly cites the law on cycling on pavements, so I presume she never parks on one, a far more common offence and one which causes more danger to pedestrians, though she neglected to mention it in her letter.

As for the letter the previous week from Mr Else asking why cyclists don’t use Denby Dale Road cycle lanes, clearly he’s never tried to ride from Wakefield to Crigglestone on them: I have, and it’s more dangerous than the road.

If you can avoid the head-high road signs every few yards and the legions of parked cars blocking them, then you still have to contend with the Russian Roulette of the Pugneys Roundabout.

Then, merrily on towards Durkar across about four entrances to a car dealers, (the drivers pulling in and out are SO careful and attentive to bikes), before the lane peters out giving the tentative cyclist a choice of a double blind junction out of Durkar Lane or another roundabout three lanes wide.

I use the road, at least other road users can see you and have to treat you properly, but sometimes I break the law and use a pavement because I don’t want to die yet.

However, noting Mr Else’s mention of cyclists not using bells, I stand corrected.

The next time someone in a Range Rover with a phone pressed to their ear is drifting across the lane driving me into the gutter, whilst listening to Galaxy FM, I will remember to ring my bell. That’ll keep me nice and safe.

I challenge Mr Else to ride from Thornes to Calder Grove. If he survives, then he can go for the ultimate challenge of Ings Road Roundabout. Remember to use your bell.

Andrew Owen

Stoney Lane, Hall Green