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Safer cycling . . . .

Letters

It was disingenuous of Roy Aylott to claim that the cycling community does not contribute to the upkeep of the road network, and so are undeserving of money being spent on cycling measures (Debate 18 May).

Almost every other person in the UK owns a cycle. Plenty of motorists use a bike for some journeys. A high proportion of cyclists are tax payers and contributors to the £35bn collected each year in vehicle and fuel tax. Surely it is not unreasonable to press for some modest reallocation of road space along certain key routes in return for the substantial payments which many cyclists make.

The European experience is that decent cycling facilities do encourage cycle use, with all the health and environmental benefits which this brings. And increased cycling need not be at the expense of road safety.

There is 10 times more cycling in Denmark than in the UK, but only a quarter of the cycling fatalities per kilometre than in this country.

Mike Sharpe (F), Transportation Planning International

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