Letter: Too much transport

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The Independent Culture
Sir: You report (13 June) that a cyclist is 16 times more likely to be killed on Britain's roads than a motorist, and that the main official recommendation for reducing this figure is to provide cycleways. There seems to be an implication here that the roads are by definition unsafe for cyclists and should be avoided. This is reminiscent of the advice given to women to avoid going out after dark - both suggest an unacceptable resignation to the status quo that leaves those who do not comply more exposed.

More could and should be done. For example, in Holland the law is such that in any accident with a cyclist, a motorist is always held at least partly to blame