MY husband and I have adhered strictly to lockdown and thus, although living in Bournemouth, Tuesday was the first time we have got in our car to go to the beach for daily exercise.

We went late afternoon and chose to go the beach near Southbourne crossroads, believing it would be quieter than in the middle of town.

A relaxing walk by the sea it really wasn’t! And I have to say it was due to the number and irresponsible behaviour of cyclists.

Almost as soon as we started walking on the promenade I was almost knocked down by a speeding bike that missed me by inches.

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We witnessed groups of teenagers riding three abreast down the prom, others not looking where they were going whilst talking on phones or playing music, unaware of anyone else.

We decided to return via the cliff top for safety, and what happens? Cyclists on the pavements. We could not get away from them to enjoy a walk.

What rights do pedestrians have to enjoy a walk? It seems none. This is not satisfactory at the best of times, but given social distancing this is ridiculous BCP.

If necessary give cyclists free range to 10am and after 7pm, or some such arrangement, but do something because cyclists and walkers do not mix. Add the necessity for social distancing and what is going on is dangerous and totally unacceptable.

ELIZABETH LUCAS

Bournemouth