The threat of deep impact

The threat of deep impact

The threat of deep impact

First published in Letters

 

THE ongoing debate regarding
cycleways has not mentioned
what my wife and I
consider the most dangerous
obstacle that we push-bikers
face.

It is where drains are set
lower by some five inches
below the road surface.
Worse than potholes!
If your front wheel suddenly
drops into such a drain,
over the handlebars you go.


To avoid them, and there
are plenty around Andover,
you have to swerve to the
right and put yourself, with
fingers crossed, at the mercy
of speeding motors.
 

There is an excellent example
of such a deep-set drain
directly opposite the main
entrance to our hospital –
highly appropriate!
 

The highway engineers
have a lot to answer for in
this regard.
 

John Porter, Millway
Road,
Andover.

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12:58pm Sun 1 Jun 14

goodfellers says...

You say 'Speeding' motorists, Most of us (motorists) are obeying the limit. I think cyclists in general would get more respect if they observed the highway code a bit more. how many times do you now see two cyclist cycling abreast 'because it's safer' !! I think most motorists would plough into two cyclists rather than having a head on with a 40 ton lorry, not by choice but by instinct. There must be a lot of righteous cyclists in the graveyard. Sorry for the rant.
You say 'Speeding' motorists, Most of us (motorists) are obeying the limit. I think cyclists in general would get more respect if they observed the highway code a bit more. how many times do you now see two cyclist cycling abreast 'because it's safer' !! I think most motorists would plough into two cyclists rather than having a head on with a 40 ton lorry, not by choice but by instinct. There must be a lot of righteous cyclists in the graveyard. Sorry for the rant. goodfellers
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