WELL done Chris Williams on your article in The Argus on April 1 (guest columnist).

I have been a keen cyclist since I was given a bike for Christmas when I was five and have ridden every day since (I am 85).

I was a member of Bricycles with Les Robinson and Mark Strong in the 1970s and we had a delegation with the chairman of the transport committee of Hove borough council, pleading for cycleways then.

He had been the chief superintendent of police and he refused point blank because he believed that he would be sending people to early graves if he encouraged people to ride bikes.  

We believed the opposite. I have had minor accidents since, which taught me to be more careful, so it has been beneficial to my health and wellbeing.

We used to organise an annual race between Hove and Brighton town halls, as to which mode of transport was the fastest, and cyclists always won. I did it in nine minutes.

However, we eventually got the seafront cycleway when the Tour de France came to Brighton (c1995).

I have cycled in Holland and Denmark, which shows the way, with most children cycling to school. Keep up the good work.

John Kapp