How safe to walk on pavements?


Sir, – The most recent Road Safety Authority report shows that close to 1,000 pedestrians were killed or injured in 2010, making walking one of the more dangerous ways of getting around, particularly for the over-65s, who account for a disproportionate number of those killed by cars, trucks and buses. In this context, Tim Bracken (June 26th) and others’ obsession with “Lycra louts” cycling on pavements is difficult to take seriously. They are an annoyance, but usually little more than that.

Cycling poses very little risk to other road-users compared to motor vehicles, so why aren’t they instead calling for better enforcement of speed limits and safer junctions, instead of taking cheap shots at cyclists? – Yours, etc,


Carleton Road,

Marino, Dublin 3.