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For whom the bell tolls: What cyclists must do more of

For whom the bell tolls: What cyclists must do more of

A simple change of habit would make the proposal to allow bikes on footpaths less fraught (“ Safety fears over council plan to allow bikes…

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A simple change of habit would make the proposal to allow bikes on footpaths less fraught (“ Safety fears over council plan to allow bikes on footpaths ”, November 5). All cycles are equipped with a bell, but few cyclists use it. As a regular cyclist in the inner city I use my bell frequently as a courtesy warning to walkers (and sometimes other cyclists). Most people respond well, and everyone appreciates a polite thank you.
Gillian Appleton, Paddington

Andrew Taylor reports on the recurring debate around risks and benefits of cyclists sharing the footpath with pedestrians. The mortality and morbidity from “car on cyclist” accident is so much greater than “cyclist on pedestrian” that make it unreasonable to force slower “comfort” riders onto the crowded Sydney roads when sparsely used footpaths are available. There will always be careless drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians at some time, so accidents will always unfortunately occur. Let cyclists share the footpath in areas of low pedestrian traffic. High density pedestrian and car areas should be made “cyclist free”, but with cycle lanes then provided.
Hugh Wolfenden, Bellevue Hill Where should these bikes be?Credit: Blomberg No surprise

As a teacher at a senior coeducational comprehensive secondary campus, the news that girls are surging ahead of boys in the HSC comes as no surprise (“ School test scores reveal gender gap ”, November 5). The Year 12 presentation assemblies see very few boys on the podium except for sport awards. While we have separate awards […]

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