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  • "Keep it up chaps, soon we'll all be driving on rails.

    The amount of control on roads today tells me that the authorities are too scared to actually do what is necessary, that is remove what is nothing more than body weight on a skimpy frame, virtually uncontrollable, and certainly no match for, a one tonne lump of powerful metal.

    I am sure many get their final orders due to their own misdeeds.

    Yesterday a guy on a bike shot across in front of me as I was exiting a roundabout, he was riding on the pavement, and bounced his bike off that in to the road; how I missed hitting him is a miracle, and a good job my brakes worked as they should, otherwise he'd have been a candidate for either the casualty department or the morgue at the Royal Gwent.

    That is not the first time such has happened, a couple of years ago, a youth on a bike came straight out of a side ;passage, right under the front of my car,. He finished up with a broken leg and some rib damage, my speed, on an otherwise clear road , a main bus route, was below the limit.
    Another, a little girl, came out of a side entry between two houses, her bike went under the front wheel of my car, she went over the bonnet. The bike was a write off, she escaped with a grazed knee and a sore shoulder. again I was driving well below the limit.
    Had I been speeding she would have either slammed into my side door, or maybe missed by an inch or two as she went behind my car. Had that happened, in fact she may well have been dead because the car that passed me going the other way would have probably hit her full on.

    Same with pedestrians, few seem to realise just how close they come to being dead, many are accidents walking into the path of oncoming vehicles. stepping off the kerb, without the slightest perception of the danger they face by their erratic way of approaching the road.

    Roads are now so heavily laden with vehicles, the laws pertaining to them desperately need bringing up from when they were made, to accommodate the roads of the 1950's and before.

    Cars ,on the other hand, have more or less kept up to date, it's now time for pedestrian and cycling laws to catch up.
    All these 'pedestrian' comfort zoning measures do is make the pedestrian think they have absolute rights when outside their home etc, nothing beats the braking of two legs, and with the best will in the world, translating mechanical braking will never be a match for TAKING CARE as a motto, be they pedestrians or cyclists.
    A moment of carelessness can mean the difference between living dying or being stuck in a wheelchair for life.
    Again, those safety measures so recently foisted on almost ever urban road, are no replacement for proper observation when outside one's own front door."
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Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Appeals for more 20 mph zones

Appeals for more 20 mph zones

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FIGURES released by the Welsh Government showed that 100 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads last year.

The statistics also showed that 63 young people were killed or seriously injured as pedestrians.

The majority of casualties occurred in areas with a 30mph speed limit, with no child cycling casualties occurring in 20mph zones in Wales.

Sustrans Cymru, a charity encouraging people to travel by bike, foot or public transport, is appealing for more 20mph zones across the country in a bid to reduce the number of casualties.

The charity’s national director Jane Lorimer said: “Every child hurt or killed on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“The Minister for Transport has spoken about the need to make the walk to school safer and these figures indicate she is absolutely right. The figures also show that cyclists remain most likely to be injured at junctions and when simply heading straight on”.

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