No one seems to care about speed
AS A retired fireman I am acutely aware that excessive vehicular speed can kill.
My sensitivities to such problems have been heightened of late because of bicycle journeys I have made along the Keynsham bypass.
On this stretch of road between Hicks Gate, and the Saltford roundabout it is my considered opinion that only a very small number of drivers keep to the 70mph speed limit.
Indeed, I would estimate that many cars are travelling at speeds well in excess of the legal limit, and although I wear reflective clothing/cycle helmet their passing velocity gives me severe cause to question not only mine, but other cyclists' safety.
Attempts to ascertain just who is responsible for the Keynsham bypass resulted in a frustrating round of telephone calls.
No specific authority seemed to care a jot as to my concerns about cycling in such a hostile environment.
Drivers may well be running late, but at such illegal speeds they might find their destinations changed to that of the accident/emergency units of the nearest hospital.
Or worse still as Shakespeare poetically described death in Hamlet: "The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn/ No traveller returns."
Perhaps to help avoid my early arrival at the Pearly Gates or Hades, speed cameras should be installed on this race track bypass before further serious accidents occur.
R L Smith