Letters May 9: Time to put wheels in motion for cycle ways

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From: Roger P Brown, Sandal, Wakefield.

CONGRATULATIONS to all concerned; the Tour de Yorkshire was a great three days and once again showed Yorkshire at its best.

However, before we all start cycling, can we consider a few points? Recent reports suggest that new car sales are increasing. Even if they replace existing vehicles on a one-to-one basis, new machines are usually larger than earlier models.

Into this scenario we now have cycle lanes. If within the highway, they can significantly reduce the area of roadway available for cars. As a road tax payer, I have not noticed a related reduction in the amount I pay, has anyone else?

Although most cyclists obey the Highway Code, regrettably many do not! Traffic lights and road signs are obviously for interest only, and not to be taken seriously. If a motorist has the misfortune to be in an accident with a cyclist, and even if blameless, who has insurance cover?

I am not anti-cycling. Some years ago I helped create the TransPennine Trail, a segregated footpath and cycleway running from Liverpool to Hull. To my mind such a facility is the way forward.

Perhaps all new major development, be it residential or commercial, should include cycleways.