OFTEN, I see cyclists’ riding across zebra crossings and expecting me (a motorist) to stop for them when they are acting illegally and do not have right of way.

Legally, I am only required to stop when a pedestrian has his foot on the crossing – there is no mention of wheel.

One might classify a wheelchair as a notional pedestrian - but not a bicycle or scooter.

Cyclists riding across zebra crossings are risky, because they approach (on the pavement, of course) and cross so fast that there is little time for a motorist to see them and stop – and little time for the cyclist to note that the motorist has seen them and is actually going to stop.

When I am in a queue of traffic, I am sometimes passed on both sides by streams of cyclists, who weave in-and-out of slowly moving cars.

Cars are legally required to leave 1.5 m space when passing a cyclists – the reverse should also be the case, but it seldom is.

As for red traffic lights, are cyclists colour-blind or just stupid to ride through without stopping?

It’s no wonder that so many cyclists are injured on our roads.

Schools must do more to educate their pupils about road safety.


Boscombe Cliff Road, Bournemouth