Letter: Crowded pavements
Wednesday 12 May 1999
I meet many groups of elderly pedestrians, all of whom, with good reason, now dislike and fear cyclists, though many were once cyclists themselves. In every group there has been at least one with impact experience, though the more seriously injured, of course, never go out again (I know of two deaths following hits by cyclists).
It is the failure of cyclists to realise the effect of their speed, silence and sharp edges on pedestrians, some of whom have impaired sight, hearing or mobility, which is so disheartening. We are always frightened now, as the footway is no safer than the carriageway; less safe, indeed, since the police seem unaware of its existence.
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