Number plate idea for cyclists would just leave them all out of pocket
IN response to Do Cyclists Need Number Plates?, (January 15), my husband needs his bike to get to and from work and has done for more than 20 years.
He has always had lights but even then he is still invisible to some car drivers.
Shortly before Christmas he was knocked off his bike, and despite having right of way on a mini roundabout and having bright flashing lights and a luminous yellow coat, the driver said she simply didn't see him.
Not only did he suffer injury to himself but his bike was damaged and he had to take time off work which he wasn't paid for at all – just before Christmas. The driver didn't leave any details.
So I know there are idiots on the roads on bikes but to introduce an insurance would only make responsible cyclists be out of pocket which we cannot afford.
A. Dixon, Grimsby (full address supplied).
The Telegraph says
It's always worth reminding road users, particularly during the very dark nights and adverse conditions, to be acutely aware of everyone on the road, whether vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians crossing.
There are cyclists who do not use lights, just as there are drivers who pay little attention to other road users – the responsibility is with all of us to ensure our roads are safe.