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  • "There seem to be a lot of cyclist haters on here which many times just isn`t justified, and l hate bad cyclists, (and car drivers) just as much as the car drivers do !

    l am a cyclist too, 67 years of age, passed my cycling proficiency test at 11, and ALWAYS cycle on the road, London Rd mainly to get from A to B, B usually being Sainsburys.

    I always concentrate on parked car doors along the London Rd, making sure l give as wide a berth as is safe to do so, but not so wide as to be too close to cars that are coming behind me, and l NEVER jump red lights, l think that should be made ILLEGAL, and immediately too !

    lt is extremely dangerous, both for the cyclist and any car drivers, as it could cause a horrific accident if a driver swerved to avoid hitting the cyclist. And they also give good cyclists like me a bad name, and l resent that !!

    But what l find really appalling in the uk is the ATTITUDE to cyclists, both by the car drivers and the council.

    lt seems to be the perception that cyclists are somehow second class citizens. They are not, and many cyclists are in fact drivers too.

    By contrast, particularly in countries like Germany and Holland, they have a much friendlier attitude and outlook towards cyclist and they are definitely NOT regarded as 2nd class citizens.

    Quite the reverse in fact, their mode of travel is recognised as eco friendly and they do not pollute the atmosphere, much better for health and breathing.
    lt is also great exercise and you don`t see half as many fat unhealthy people in Germany as you do in the uk, they cycle or walk everywhere within a reasonable distance..

    And the government there makes sensible provisions for them in the form of cycle tracks wherever they can, so it`s far safer, both for the cyclist and pedestrians.

    Why our council cannot see this simple and logical fact is beyond me, probably too sensible and logical for them, but it works, and there are many areas along the London Rd, from Leigh, past Chalkwell park where they have unused green areas, which could be reduced to make way for cycle paths, to the London Rd in Westcliff to Southend, where, in many places it is entirely possible to paint a white dividing line on the outside of the pavement ( outside Nathereth House, for example) and where the cyclist would be travelling in the same direction as the traffic.

    At least that way the cyclist would be confined to one part of the pavement, as happens in Germany, and the pedestrian would know where they are, and not subjected to cyclist weaving in and out all over the place.

    The greatest problem with this country is that it lacks common sense, they are either incapable of seeing the advantages or too pig headed to try them out , and, of course, they always think that only THEY know best, when what they should be doing is looking at countries in Europe, and stop wasting their money on little bits of cycle track, that start near one road and go just round the corner, we need REAL cycle tracks not pathetic bits and pieces, and on the London Rd, for convenience, not some way out place.
    l have talked to the council and initially didn`t even get a reply, only by being persistent did l speak to someone, but judging by that conversation things will not be changing for the better anytime soon!"
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UPDATED: Cyclist injured after bus collision on Thorpe Esplanade

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A BICYCLE rider has been injured after being involved in a crash with a bus in Thorpe Bay.

Paramedics were called out at 10.45am to the incident which happened on Thorpe Esplanade at the junction with Thorpe Hall Avenue.

The incident happened after a bus and cyclist collided.

Treatment was given to the male bike rider at the scene with a police spokeswoman saying his injuries are thought "not to be serious".

Slight delays are being caused in the area as the bus is blocking part of the road heading towards Southend town centre.

The bus was removed from the scene at 12noon but police kept the road was partially shut off at the junction with Burges Terrace while investigations were carried out.

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