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Mr Aylott should get on his bike


Roy Aylott might benefit from a motorcyclist's experiences of car drivers' compliance with the Highway Code.

I commute 19 miles from Chepstow to Bristol City Centre. A summary of a typical journey is as follows: Cross Severn Bridge; exchange gestures with BMW driver who insists on sitting 20 feet from my back wheel while I fight against 40mph cross-winds.

Arrive in Bristol; popularity of queuing with car drivers means next two miles are spent weaving to and from the wrong side of the road.

T-junction; beware the Volvo driver with a tendency to turn right without signalling. Be careful not to wake driver as bike impacts on to offside wing.

Finally, the Lexus driver; extreme caution - even his car won't automatically adjust its mirrors while he talks on the mobile.

Mr Aylott should be reminded that the principle barrier to increased motorcycle use in this country is the perceived danger from car drivers. However, given Mr.

Aylott's confidence in the behavior of his fellow drivers, I'm sure he would have no reservations in putting the environment first and getting on a bike?

Stephen Bright (M),

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