Reason cycle lanes so important

Cycle lanes: important for safety
Cycle lanes: important for safety

In reply to Mr Eddie Pollard (Yoursay, February 9) regarding cycle lanes in Halifax. Cyclists would not need cycle lanes if motorists showed more care and attention on the roads.

In July, whilst I was cycling on a perfectly straight road, on a bright clear day and wearing a bright yellow jacket and fluorescent helmet, a vehicle pulled out of a junction and crashed into me. I was taken by ambulance from Halifax to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with multiple injuries. The driver told the police that she, “never saw me”!

This is the reason why cycle lanes are so important. I would like to ask Mr Pollard, why should he suggest that cyclists pay for the cycle lanes when it is actually the uncaring motorists that have caused these safe lanes to be built. Maybe I might not have felt so angry if the driver of the vehicle had followed my progress towards recovery from my injuries.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Calderdale Council for showing compassion towards cyclists by building these cycle lanes.

John Gaukroger

Halifax

Reading Eddie Pollard’s response to my letter of February 17, I would include him in, “Those who have genuine need”, (my letter, Yoursay, June 9, 2011) and apologise for causing ill feeling.

I still stand by the rest of the letter of February 17 though. It is true also that I don’t know what it’s like to live with his disabilities. When my three children were 6 years, 5 years and 6 months old I was assaulted, causing a stroke, which left me with epilepsy so mine are different.

Maybe we could get together for a good old moan someday?

S Moore

Todmorden