Monday 18 September 2006 11.43am
The cycling-on-pavements argument has been done to death here before; please let's not go over the same old ground.
For some reason the subject seems to bring out the worst in some people and they lose all capability for rational thought and sense of proportion.
Yes, there are some irresponsible cyclists who give all cyclists a bad name, which is a great shame when cycling has so many benefits as a form of transport.
Not to justify bad behaviour by cyclists, but let's remember that there are plenty of irresponsible road users of all types.
I'm sure other cyclists would agree that - for instance - pedestrians who step out into the street without looking (often whilst talking on a mobile phone) are also dangerous and highly irritating.
It is extremely annoying when people make out that all cyclists are sub-human law-breaking maniacs and that cyclists are the only sources of danger on the roads.
I haven't seen the road closure in Leathermarket Street
that deek is referring to but I'd possibly be tempted to cycle round it if the pavement was empty; if there were people around I'd get off and walk.