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Get cyclists off town Esplanade
10:14am Thursday 12th July 2012 in Your letters
Walking along the Esplan-ade from Weymouth to Preston, I moved to my left to point something out to my husband and was nearly knocked over by a cyclist who had come up silently behind us at great speed.
This idiot was not a young lout but an elderly man. I feel very strongly that the Esplanade should be for walkers only and not a “shared path” with cyclists. It is dangerous and it does not work.
The Esplanade was built for people to walk along safely. There is a cycle path on the other side of the road especially for cyclists built at great expense, but I understand that they say they want to enjoy the view from the Esplanade.
Then they should park their bikes and walk, as motorists have to do. Enjoying the view from a bike sounds very dangerous to me. Imagine if motorists did this when driving along a scenic route.
When in charge of a vehicle of any sort, eyes and concentration should be on the road.
I also think that cyclists should pay a road tax like other road users.
They use the roads; why should they have free use of them?
Incidently, according to my Concise English Dictionary, the word “Esplanade” means: “A long open level stretch of ground for walking along.”
Muriel Aird, Enkworth Road, Preston, Weymouth