We need to strike a balance

RE: Cycle path is to be discussed Regarding the comments on the cycle path along the Esplanade. I have been abused by cyclists when I have inadvertently strayed over the white line that has been painted along the centre of the pavement.

RE: Cycle path is to be discussed

Regarding the comments on the cycle path along the Esplanade. I have been abused by cyclists when I have inadvertently strayed over the white line that has been painted along the centre of the pavement.

As far as I am aware, the people of Exmouth were never consulted about this before the line was painted and, in my opinion, the rights of cyclists have now gone too far. Some of them are aggressive and rude and believe that they now have a right to go anywhere they please. The cycle path on the Esplanade is a good example of this and is obviously an accident waiting to happen. Children do not walk in a straight line and some of the speeds these cyclists reach whilst cycling along in their Lycra do not account for a child who may inadvertently stray into their path. Cyclists should be on the road and not on the pavement and whoever came up with this idea obviously didn't consider the safety implications for pedestrians and children. It would appear that the rights of cyclists take precedence over the rights of walkers, children and dog walkers to be able to walk in safety and enjoy the scenery without fear of being mown down by a speeding cyclist. Walkers and dog walkers also have to endure abuse when they walk along the cycle path towards Lympstone. A lot of cyclists seem to be under the impression that this route is for their use exclusively and many become abusive and ring their bells if pedestrians, including children, dare to get in their way. In their efforts to appear green, the council seems to be going out of their way to give cyclists unprecedented rights, whilst ignoring pedestrians health and safety. Please let's get the balance right.

Graham Milward,


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