Letter: Cyclist driven to despair

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Cyclist driven to despair

Sir: I am concerned about the behaviour of motorists towards cyclists. I am a 23-year-old Swiss girl who has been living in Reading for six months.

Previously I had been living in Italy for a long time. Although the motorists were temperamental, they still respected the cyclists. In England the bicycle culture is very different from Italy and Switzerland. Here, every day I nearly get hit by a careless driver who doesn't take any notice of me on my bicycle.

A friend of mine recently got knocked down by a car whose driver wasn't paying any attention. I am very upset and can't put up with this situation any more. In my country cycling is much safer because motorists are more considerate and there are far more cycle lanes.


Reading, Berkshire