Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Apologise to Cyclists for Walking on Footpath

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Apologise to Cyclists for Walking on Footpath

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VIEWPOINTS Write to: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF Or email: viewpoints@men-news.co.uk

I'D like to apologise for blocking the narrow pavement on Bury Old Road whilst walking to work this morning.

I'd inadvertently stopped two adult cyclists trying to get past, they'd stealthily come up behind me and the noise of their approach was blocked out by the tailback of traffic.

I felt shame as one if them berated my inconsiderate action.

But I'm sure his cycle cam will have fully recorded my misdeed before he ploughed his way further down the pavement with his partner in tow, just as it will have recorded him breaking the law by cycling on the footpath.

Eric Brooks, Prestwich Tax all who use roads IN reply to Mr Naulty (Drivers don't pay 'road tax', Viewpoints, July 2), I am surprised he feels my observation with regards taxing cyclists is a load of drivel.

And by the way, I am not an anticyclist motorist, but just asking the question why - like every other form of road user - should the cyclist be exempt? Is that an unfair question? I don't think so. Edwin King, Stockport Fires helped on the moors AS a young boy living on Huddersfield Road, in Stalybridge, I was in full view of the surrounding Pennine moors and can remember the blasting from Carrbrook quarry and the fires.

Yes, I said fires, on the moors but these were fully-manned and controlled fires for the whole purpose of burning wide roadways throughout the heather and bracken to stop the spreading of fires.

They would form impenetrable fire-free gaps and only windward sparks could possibly spread the fire.

So has this practice now ceased and if so why? John Bottomley, Clayton Pay attention to our climate WITH Brexit, the heatwave and the World Cup it's easy to forget the long-term important things in life.

Many of us may have been enjoying family, and our communities, perhaps sitting outside this gorgeous summer in gardens, parks or the countryside.

Too often we take these things for granted, like our health. …

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