Tackle the waste of money instead
AM I, a retired teacher and businessman, part of a minority of Bristolians, who are of the opinion that we are, currently, "burdened" with a mayor, who appears to harbour bizarre and grossly, unsubstantiated and clearly, anti-car theories, which he seems determined to turn into policies?
I, personally, have grave suspicions with regard to Mr Ferguson's intellectual capability, man/people management skills and his level of eyesight.
Mr Ferguson claims to be a champion of cyclists and, incidentally, I was a keen and necessary cyclist, before Mr Ferguson learnt to ride a bike.
Does he not notice that the cycle paths, laid down, at considerable cost to rate payers, are infrequently used by cyclists.
Many cyclists prefer to cycle, often at unreasonable speed, on pavements and some can be seen cycling the wrong way on the pavements, which are for pedestrians.
Cyclists, indeed, should feel very "privileged" to be able to use our streets. Although, many, if not all, would indignantly state that they, too, are also motorists, they cannot deny that they do not pay "additional" tax or insurance for using public roads.
They are, clearly, not subject to rules and laws governing the wearing of protective headgear, high visibility clothing, the "jumping " of red traffic lights, the blatant disregard for lane discipline, with overtaking on the "inside" the most common dangerous occurrence and the use of lights on their bicycles
Perhaps, Mr Ferguson would support the introduction of "stingers" on the cycle paths to stop these maniacs.
I think he would be far better employed if he concentrated more on preventing his council from squandering public money instead of championing the cyclist and victimising the motorist.