Letters: Wheels vs feet

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Sir: I am 41 and a company director. I drive to work and, in fair weather, cycle. I admit to cycling on pavements at times and I would suggest that the critics of cyclists try using a bicycle for a week to see how they get on ("On your bike: this is war", 1 September). The density of traffic on narrow roads gives a cyclist little choice but to use pavements for safety's sake. Most people drive everywhere these days leaving the pavements deserted.

I do not condone cyclists tearing down pavements recklessly, or failing to give pedestrians right of way. Those I meet when walking myself show polite respect for pedestrians.

It would seem a sensible way forward for councils to try setting aside areas of the pavement for cyclists. They have started to do this here in Brighton, and it makes a tremendous difference.

QUENTIN KING

Brighton, East Sussex

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