Not all cyclists are the same

SIR – In response to Charlotte Buckley s letter (Gazette, Yours Sincerely, April 14) complaining about ignorant cyclists on the Tarka Trail: Firstly shared cycle/pedestrian paths can be dangerous and the lack of recognised protocol on the Tarka Trail ha

SIR - In response to Charlotte Buckley's letter (Gazette, Yours Sincerely, April 14) complaining about "ignorant cyclists" on the Tarka Trail:

Firstly shared cycle/pedestrian paths can be dangerous and the lack of recognised protocol on the Tarka Trail has led to many a close shave. Most "serious" cyclists will stick to the road where possible. With this in mind don't confuse "the cyclist" with the "G.O.Bs" (Guys on bikes).... Not all cyclists are the same!

I'm a cyclist and on the few times I have used the trail it is the walkers who are ignorant to the presence of cyclists. On many occasions I have rung my bell to alert walkers to my presence. I'll slow and ring again. They look behind them with an annoyed expression and continue without leaving a space. They will often leave their kids and dogs to run loose, posing a threat to them and myself.

When a walker does give me space I will shout a thank-you in return.


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Please also bear in mind many cyclists (myself included) are using the trail for training purposes riding at high aerobic levels and can only manage a grunt! Lack of an articulate "thank-you" isn't always a sign of ignorance.

Lee Wardle,

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