CYCLISTS: Few give many a bad name

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I read with interest your article regarding the new cycle track on Morpeth Station Bank (Morpeth Herald, October 5) and a reader’s letter on October 12.

A few days ago, at the top of the Station Bank, I was able to pass a cyclist, but noticed that vehicles further behind me were unable to pass a cyclist who totally ignored the new empty cycle track.

Because the road has been narrowed in favour of the cycle track, the following vehicles could not pass the cyclist without crossing the centre road line due to heavy traffic travelling up the bank.

On one recent occasion, when stopped in traffic, a member with a cycling group knocked on my offside car window to remonstrate with me for travelling too near to the kerb, preventing other group members from travelling down the kerbside to pass on the nearside of the queue of vehicles.

Those are examples of a few cyclists who apparently believe they have more rights than other road users, thus giving all cyclists a bad name because of the few.

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