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Pedestrians are not blameless


In his letter about cyclists not being on a higher moral plane (NCE 8 June) Mr Cooper stated that cyclists seriously injure 2.2 pedestrians per 100Mkm. Does he assume that in all the accidents quoted the pedestrian was blameless?

During 20 years of cycle commuting into a city centre I was involved in eight accidents resulting in damage or minor injury and six of these were caused by pedestrians. Mr Cooper says a cyclist does not have to carry insurance but neither does a pedestrian who may easily inflict £200-£300 of damage to the cyclist's machinery and clothing.

Why are pedestrians immune from road traffic legislation? A pedestrian causing an accident cannot even be charged even if he or she causes the death of another road user.

John Addyman, Rivendell, Porter's Headland, Pickering YO18 8AG

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