I have just read with interest your article on the increase in cyclist injuries (YEP, September 3).
I fully agree that this is distressing and needs to be addressed – and I believe that Leeds City Council are doing their best to do so.
However, someone needs to put the motorist’s viewpoint as well.
Yes, there are some drivers who are inconsiderate to other road users – including cyclists.
Yes, these drivers need to be brought to book and educated.
Your article mentions 600 collisions and 571 injuries and this is unacceptable.
Having said that, as a driver I am getting more frustrated every day by how inconsiderate more and more cyclists are becoming.
There is not a single day that passes when I do not see cyclists weaving in and out of cars and lorries.
They swerve all over the place, causing drivers to swerve.
Every day I see countless numbers of cyclist ignoring traffic lights and crossing on the red (and yes I have seen car drivers do this too but far fewer of them).
Both my wife and I have been either knocked over or had to get out of the way of cyclists on the footpaths.
Councils are spending a lot of money on cycleways and who is paying for them?
Do cyclists pay anything towards the roads as we motorists do?
No. They pay no road tax and I doubt that any have insurance to compensate pedestrians and motorists to whom they do damage.
Let’s get this in perspective. They can be their own worst enemy.
I would like to see cyclists brought to court for their traffic offences but I have never heard of this happening.
I did email the Leeds Cycling Campaign many months ago when there was a similar article on the issue of educating cyclists to abide by the law and to be considerate to drivers.
No prize though for guessing if they had the decency to reply – they didn’t.
Gordon Mayne, Wortley
Are motorists always wrong?
Regarding the injuries to cyclists, why is it always the motorist that is portrayed as the baddie?
There is good and bad on both sides, although cyclists will never admit they can do any wrong.
Last week, as I was driving on Aberford Road, a cyclist suddenly swerved off the pavement onto the road.
If I had not swerved he would have run into me. Who would have paid for any damage? Me of course as he would not have been insured.
Later on the same day the traffic lights were on red so I had to stop but a cyclist weaved his way through oncoming traffic. If a motorist is caught doing this he or she would be fined.
Both sides should agree there will always be idiots.
Ken Norrie, Leeds
Surely this is a waste of money
I READ in Times Past (YEP, August 9) of Rod Fleming at the Second World War Experience Centre near Wetherby, where there is row upon row of boxes containing personal stories of the Second World War.
I can remember it was moved from London (to Thorp Arch I believe) costing many millions, and moving automatic shelves and over 300 staff.
I am not against saving records of the past, but to pay all these staff for something that took place 69 years ago and must be costing £10m a year for it is a waste of money.
A skeleton staff of approximately 30 should be enough to deal with this situation, although I realise it would cost more if it had stayed in London.
AE Hague, Harehills
Clean up with camera cash
on an early morning trip to Leeds-Bradford Airport last Saturday, I was struck by how many road signs are obscured by overgrown roadside vegetation.
I was also struck by the number of speed cameras that are positioned on this and the Bradford ring road.
Is it not reasonable to ask that part of the proceeds of the cameras are spent on normal roadside maintenance if road safety is the ultimate aim?
W Swindell, Holmfirth
£265 raised for PHAB appeal
I would like to thank everyone who supported the Annual PHAB (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied) street collection held in Leeds on Saturday, June 21. The final total was down on previous years, but we are most grateful to the people who contributed to the total of £265.20.
The funds will go towards our special ambulance transport, outings and holidays provided by PHAB volunteers.
PHAB supports people in all areas of Leeds who suffer physical and mild learning disabilities or life limiting illnesses, with the help of able bodied buddies. We help everyone to have fun. This summer different groups have been to Butlins Skegness, Calvert Trust Keswick and a Playscheme Chillout Week at Temple Moor School, Whitkirk.
Our hundred plus members now look forward to resuming our Friday Club evenings at Prince Philip Centre, Scott Hall, from tomorrow night.
Ann Hart MBE, PHAB
Names wrong in photograph
With regard to the photo of the Leeds sorting office in 1968 (YEP, September 3), much as I would like to see such a large picture again of my mother, I’m afraid you have the names wrong at the bottom of the photograph.
My mother Annie Dobbie definitely isn’t the lady you say she is in the picture and I don’t think the one next to her is Margret Gibson as she had very dark hair from what I can remember.
I do have a lovely one you took somewhere in the house, however.
I hope to see it again some day, or the one you took of my grandad James McCarthy outside the Prospect pub in Richmond Hill when he was a waiter there.
Glenis Buckley, Leeds
Bottom will fall out of racket
It seems that high powered vacuum cleaners are flying off the shelves before the EU deadline when it will be no longer possible to purchase them, so eventually the bottom will fall out of the vacuum cleaner racket.
Personally, I am happy with my low-tech machine which does not look like a disintegrater ray gun out of a Dan Dare comic strip.
On my machine I have the air valve partly open so that the power is reduced because I once had a carpet which was ruined by becoming full of wrinkles due to too much ‘suction’.
I am sure that the experts have calculated the saving in carbon emissions for when we all have low powered machines but to my mind ‘x’ amount of dust requires ‘y’ amount of electricity.
Low-powered vacuum cleaners will be used for longer periods and therefore use the same amount of electricity as one which is more powerful and the carbon footprint will be the same in both cases.
This is because energy = power multiplied by time.
Brian Poulter, Guiseley
Hospital food is excellent
There has been a lot of news recently about poor food in hospitals.
For the last three months I have been, and still am, having short stays in the Bexley Wing of St James’s Hospital.
I would just like to say that the food is excellent with choices for every meal.
Henry Ibbetson, Calverley