I AM writing in response to a letter regarding parking bicycles in the city (The Argus, September 29).

I understand the sentiments expressed in it and feel aggrieved that as a cyclist some of my desperate parking may have caused hindrance to someone, or even put them in danger by forcing them into the road.

This issue is something that needs to be addressed to make travel in our small but densely populated city easy and safe for everyone.

However, I feel the blame should not be laid squarely on cyclists. It is common for bike stands in the city to be full throughout the day, with each stand only being able to cater for two and, at a stretch, four bikes.

It is often a necessity to find an alternative. I regularly find all the purpose-built positions on New Road and along North Street are full, even by 8am.

While “common sense and forethought” may not be lacking, they will be overridden by the desire to protect one’s belongings. For many, a bicycle is their only personal means of travel in and around the city.

In Brighton and Hove, run by a Green party, cycling should be encouraged by local government. Efforts such as the bike train, along with extensive coverage of cycle lanes, make travel safer. But more needs to be done when the wheels stop turning.

With the frequency of cycle thefts in Brighton (which I have personally experienced), a safe and secure place to leave one’s bike is essential.

When the few purpose-built positions are full, railings, lamp posts and scaffolding poles make an unfortunate but necessary alternative.

Aidan Walls, Kingsley Road, Brighton