Cycle of lawlessness
Sir: Much discussion of cyclists who ride on the pavement misses the point. The roads are not noticeably more dangerous than they were fifteen or twenty years ago; what has changed is cyclists' exaggerated perceptions of what constitutes danger. Many offences take place in deserted streets with no traffic in sight, which would disprove the claim that their behaviour is motivated by fear: it is more likely laziness, exhibitionism and perverse delight in lawbreaking. Even if cycle paths were provided in every street in the country there could be no guarantee that all cyclists would use them.