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Punishment is the key


I have read eight letters (NCE 25 May and last week) that demonise car users and dismiss the aggression that appears evident every day in the behaviour of many urban cyclists. I have seen this most clearly as a fellow cyclist and threatened pedestrian.

Have we forgotten the lessons learnt from improved training of motorcyclists? I recall there were early and significant reductions in accidents and fatalities. Why cannot similar schemes be developed for cyclists?

When car drives are caught transgressing the law they are punished both financially and by threat of losing the privilege of using that transport mode.

The moral high ground assumed by cyclists is being tainted daily by many individuals' disregard for the Highway Code and the Law.

Could the reason be that there is very little chance of being nicked and adequately punished.

Brian Fitzell (M), Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

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