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Cyclists are not second-class citizens
12:35pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in Letters
REGARDING the letters criticising some of the riding on the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool bike ride.
I myself was a participant in the event. By their nature, charity rides attract a wide range of participants.
Many of the 3-000-plus riders were inexperienced in riding long distances on the road and I can well imagine that there was some erratic riding, equal perhaps to some of the incredibly impatient and aggressive drivers that I witnessed (the vast majority were courteous and considerate).
The problem is that these letters only serve to reinforce the idea that cyclists are second-class road users to be tolerated or intimidated by car drivers.
The number of car drivers injured by cyclists is negligible, but 19,000 cyclists are killled and injured each year, mostly by motorists.
Whoever is at fault, cyclists are the vulnerable ones, not drivers.
It's just for some reason we tend not to complain quite as readily to local newspapers.