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Cyclists risking lives

24/06/2018 / by admin

I have been following the debate and wishes from interested parties regarding cyclists on our roads. In a perfect world we would have enough room for all to share. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world.
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Cyclists now want one metre clearance from passing vehicles. As a driver of a heavy vehicle, I can assure you this is not possible.

Most of our rural roads (which the lycra brigade prefer to use for recreational purposes) are about six metres wide – three metres each lane.

A truck is 2 1/2 metres wide, add one for the cyclist, one for clearance and that won’t fit into three metres.

Take two registered heavy vehicles legally travelling in opposite directions, there simply is no space left, sorry.

You are risking your lives by using these narrow roads. People have been killed and injured by pursuing this dangerous activity.

It really is common sense. The heavy vehicles don’t use these roads for fun, they have to as a matter of necessity, and pay dearly for the privilege.

Think about it, a cyclist won’t win if there is a collision.

JOHN NICHOLS

Devonport.

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