Questions answered on bacteria and bikes

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From: Hugh Rogers, Messingham Road, Ashby.

It takes an exceptional mind to progress, in one simple letter, from campylobacter in chickens to road safety for cyclists, so for this reason, if no other, I salute your correspondent 
Allan Ramsay (The Yorkshire Post, June 3).

However I think he will find that the first pedestrian was killed on our roads long before 1896. We have had the “technology” (in the form of household bleach) to kill most (but unfortunately not all) bacteria for the best part of a century, although I personally would not use bleach on chicken.

The best protection against food poisoning is to cook meat properly, using a thermometer, and to use anti-bacterial sprays allied to a hygienic kitchen regime.

However, the most interesting dilemma highlighted by Mr Ramsay is the one which suggests cyclists need to choose between being fined for riding on the pavement and in the process risking, not only a £50 fine but death or injury to pedestrians or riding on the road and risking their own death. Although the chances of a cyclist being fined for maiming pedestrians is remote, this is a no-brainer; ride on the road (because you are a vehicle) or even better, chuck your bike in the back of your garage and leave it there to rust.