AFTER reading today's Argus and previous editions, I feel it is time someone wrote about cyclists.

I know this is going to upset practically the whole of the cycling brigade but it is time someone said something.

Agnieszka Merta was pushed off her cycles and the cyclist gave a false name and cycled off.

Not quite the same thing, but my wife has almost been knocked over several times while walking along the cliff top at Peacehaven and it is happening more and more all over the city.

Cycles should be taxed, insured and have number plates.

I know some cyclists have insurance (probably about two per cent) but if they hit something, it is what they hit that has to pay and surprise, surprise, it isn't always what they hit that is at fault.

They use the roads and expect cycle lanes to be provided so, like other road users, they should pay tax, just like other vehicles. It doesn't have to be a lot and I would suggest something in the region of £10 would be sufficient.

There is no way of identifying them if they break the law.

Yes, cycling on pavements is against the law unless it has a designated cycle lane. Cycling on the pavement when there is a cycle lane is another favourite trick. Going through a red light. Cycling up a one-way street is also against the law unless otherwise indicated. Lights are compulsory at night, not an optional extra.

Cycling across a pedestrian crossing is also against the law (try reading the Highway Code).

The problem the general public and the police have is there is no way of identifying those who transgress and this just isn't good enough. Put number plates on them and make it compulsory.

Cyclists who do not break the law and are courteous to other road and pavement users would have nothing to fear and asking cyclists over the age of 11 to have these priorities would have a huge effect on behaviour.

Phil Reay

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