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Go green. . .


It is a shame to read of commuter Nick Cordon's attempts to 'go green', only to feel disillusioned after only a couple of weeks (Letters last week).

I couldn't help feeling that he might have had unrealistic expectations of the public transport system and ignored the most practical option open to him - cycling.

In my experience, trains are a far more reliable method of commuting than driving, but people's expectations are much higher. We bend over backwards to excuse unreliable journey times by car, but heap criticism on train operators for even trivial delays.

Train punctuality is at its worst at this time of year (as it is for drivers) due to, for example, the weather and leaves so should not be taken as representative.

If Cordon's journey is only 8km-11km to a city centre ofce, then get on a bike. It will be as quick or quicker than driving, it costs nothing, requires little parking space, does no harm to the environment or your neighbours, demands no subsidy and presents no threat. It is as socially and environmentally responsible a method of transport as you could wish for.

A journey of 8km-11km is well within the capabilities of any able-bodied adult, although it may not seem that way for the rst week if you haven't been on a bike since your school days. But before long you will wonder what all the fuss was about.

Alasdair Massie, senior engineer, Hannah Reed and Associates, alasdair_ massie@LineOne. net

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