CYCLING: Zoning could be an obvious solution

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I was pleased to see my letter used, which made dark predictions unless the world will adopt a clean energy regime as soon as possible, (News Guardian, January 28).

In commenting on the needs of China, my letter should have given its population as more like one and a quarter billion, in place of the 20 million stated. Indeed, the urban population of Beijing alone is over 20 million.

I also read carefully the efforts of others.

Terry White’s comments on the unfortunate behaviour of pedal cyclists has been the subject of correspondence over years. The coastal promenades, in particular, are subject to ‘permitted’ cycling, hardly controlled by signage requesting cyclists to give way to pedestrians, who come in all ages and physical abilities.

The obvious solution is to zone these possible cycleways, particularly where coastal promenades are wide, by the low cost painting of lines.

There are lengths of quite narrow undulating pavements, for example in Cullercoats, where signage should instruct cyclists to use the main road.

Karen Lee-Duffy points out that North Tyneside has been subject to progressive cutting of funding by the government of the last six years.

The next budget requires huge savings, a word that actually means cuts to services, well known to the councillors and candidates in North Tyneside.

Mr Frank Austin, of Whitley Bay, very worthily attending Wallsend’s consultations, concluded no real consultation took place.

My response to consultation has involved meetings in North Shields and Whitley Bay and discussions by telephone with councillors and council officers.

Though many concerns are not dealt with in the way I and others would like, consultation has been carried out.

The turn out of citizens is often quite low, they probably having to deal with their own difficulties daily.

AM Johnson

Cullercoats