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Reader’s letter: Ridiculous notion that cycling is “anti-social” behaviour

Reader's letter: Ridiculous notion that cycling is "anti-social" behaviour

Cycling generic. SIR: There’ve been plenty of letters in recent weeks regarding the traffic situation in Winchester . Most have been balanced and reasonable in…

Saturday, Oct 17

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Cycling generic. SIR: There’ve been plenty of letters in recent weeks regarding the traffic situation in Winchester .

Most have been balanced and reasonable in their opinion. Dr Les Burwood’s letter last week was not in that category. I don’t think I have read a more ridiculous letter in your columns in years of reading the Chronicle. Two words in particular sum up my disgust at this letter when cycling is described as "anti-social" behaviour. Cycling is such an uplifting activity – anyone can ride a bicycle, it’s good for you health, it’s good for the environment and it’s enjoyable. Cars are the complete opposite, especially in city centres like Winchester. No-one has to drive into the centre – I’m sick to death at the huge number of those cumbersome 4×4 vehicles, often with just one person in them, jamming up our narrow roads. St George’s Street is a classic example, blocked with cars for many hours of the day.

What a joy if one day that road was pedestrianised. If a big city like Amsterdam can give priority to bicycles why can’t Winchester?

So many car drivers are plain lazy – they need to make positive changes in their lives and leave their cars at home.

Jeremy Pearse,

Parchment Street,

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