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All road users have equal rights


I write with disgust at the comments made by Keith Gillespie regarding the relative rights of different road users when specifying and designing carriageways (NCE 12 June).

Mr Gillespie suggests that horse riders should have no right to a safe use of roads since they pay no road tax: does he then suggest we should not bother with making our roads safe to pedestrians and cyclists?

I am not a horse rider, merely a student graduating this summer. Furnished with an idea that civil engineering 'serves society' then surely this should include accepting ideas of inclusive design? Further, when arguing that horses foul the road, does he not appreciate the significant pollution and health risks associated with motorised traffic?

In the same issue, a news article reports Aggregate Industries has initiated a research programme to investigate the problem further.

I wish the project success and hope that a solution acceptable to all road users can be found.

Toby Hodsdon, University of Bath, ab8tjh@bath. ac. uk

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