Cyclists put me off estuary path

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 May 2014

Regarding the decision to bar cyclists from the town centre, Mr Haywood asks if we expect wave after wave of crazed kamikaze cyclists sweeping in ("Don't deter cyclists", Opinion, May 8).

I must say that I am delighted to share the paths with many cyclists who pedal gently, ring their bells to warn me of approach and often call ‘thank you’ when I pull the dog in to let them pass safely.

But there is a BIG problem with the ones who terrorise pedestrians and dog walkers on the seafront or cycle/walking paths as they belt past you without warning.

When I used to take the dog on any of the shared tracks, I had to rotate every few yards in case one of these speeding idiots came up behind me.

After two near-misses I found it too stressful, so the lovely estuary path is one I can no longer use because of cyclists.

Mr Haywood feels that the cycle ban would deter visitors to the town. Actually, promoting the town as a cycle-free area might well attract visitors who would like to stroll around without having to constantly check what’s behind them.

R Ormerod

Mayfield Drive

Exmouth

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