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Reader letter: Pedestrians can no longer feel safe because of cyclists

PUBLISHED: 16:07 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 09 November 2017

Pedestrians by the shops in Gentleman's Walk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Pedestrians by the shops in Gentleman's Walk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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On July 17, 1967 the then farsighted councillors in Norwich became the first in the country to close a shopping street to traffic, creating a pedestrianised street.

It was so successful that every other town and city followed their lead and Norwich itself made many more streets pedestrian only.

There have been changes over the last 50 or so years and a priority to encourage cycling in Norwich saw the pedalways system introduced and is still being extended. This has been successful and cycling has increased by 40pc, as was recently reported. Now 350 ofo cycles have been brought in to Norwich to be used by anyone who uses their app.

MORE: Dockless bike share company ofo launches in Norwich

Some pedestrianised streets allow cyclists to use them at certain times but the plan is to allow cyclists to use all pedestrianised streets at all times. This seems to be a step too far. Pedestrians can no longer feel safe as they will fear cyclists coming at them from all angles and for the vulnerable amongst us this will present a real danger. Some cycles are in fact powered and these will presumably be allowed. I think this is really now a health and safety question.

The solution to the problem of cyclists not knowing when they are allowed to go on certain streets should be solved by some unambiguous signs which are clear to us all. You may recall that two pedestrians have been killed by cyclists in London and recently a four year old boy was knocked down and badly injured by a cyclist in Windsor, the cyclist receiving a prison sentence.

We do not want this to happen here so please write to your local councillor and ask them to get this scheme reconsidered. This is a case where a U-turn would benefit everyone!

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