Recent letters identified the rights of bicycle riders on our roads and the safety issues faced, but there is a danger that the discussion may end up in a barrage of insults thrown across the divide separating riders and drivers.
I’ve been riding a bike in Byron for a good many years but I’ve also ridden in many countries around the world and, by comparison, Byron drivers come up to be relatively considerate of riders.
With some ugly exceptions to be sure, and I’ve had some very close calls.
There are dangerous fools on both sides of the debate, but it is the bicycle rider that too often ends up in the ambulance.
We all need to recognise that we share a common road and that riders have similar rights to every other vehicle.
We also have similar responsibilities. I may get well pissed off when a car or truck shoots by, failing to recognise that it’s my life they’re putting at serious risk.
I also accept that there are plenty of riders who create problems with just plain dumb riding.
The answer is achingly obvious. We’ll all be better off when every road user learns, and practises, a bit of respect and consideration for every other user. Simple, basic respect.
If that doesn’t work for you, how about: more bikes equals less drivers equals less potholes and less gridlock.
Joe Fay, Byron Bay