Letter: The latest Lycra doesn’t make you a cyclist

editorial image

We have been told for years now that we should all be getting on our bikes – for the environment and for health reasons.

Well, I can’t imagine anything worse for your health than being laid under a truck or car after being hit by one, as I saw two riders come very close to in Sowerby Bridge the other day.

Everyone, especially children, should have to undergo something akin to the cycling proficiency test and have knowledge of the Highway Code.

Our roads are simply not geared to cycling in the same way many European countries are. Drivers are not alert to cyclists and many cyclists are a danger to themselves.

Watching the Tour de Yorkshire, purchasing a £4,000 carbon Cannondale racing bike and the latest lycra does not a cyclist make.

B Taylor, Cumberland Close, Halifax