In response to Dr Hutton’s letter, I feel that some consideration needs to be given to all users of footpaths, cycle paths, shared foot/cycle paths, and roads.
It’s too easy to criticise users of all modes of transport, whether it be pedestrianism, cycling, or motoring, as all have inconsiderate, boorish and just plain ignorant folk in their ranks.
I recognise that Dr Hutton did, in fact, say a substantial group of the cycling fraternity are guilty and not all, but I question his statistic as it is of course subjective, as are most of these kinds of grouses.
Nevertheless, as a lifelong pedestrian/runner, cyclist and motorist, in that order, of 74 years of age, I feel that I have the experience and observation to assure him that there certainly are many cyclists who deserve his wrath, but by the same token there are as many dog walkers, runners, mobile phone enthralled idiot pedestrians, and intoxicated, bad tempered, mobile phone wielding idiot motorists who deserve it too.
Most of us in any grouping are generally reasonable people with the usual human failings, but when we are young, as many of the culprits are, we tend to have less patience.
So please, let’s try to be more forgiving and live and let live.