This is in response to the letter from Rowena Tansley:
Neither motorists nor cyclists are “the problem” on our local roads. Both are valid users of our system of roadways and each deserve to travel those roads in safety. Roads that are not wide enough to safely accommodate cars and bicycles create problems for everyone and only a collaborative approach can solve the problem.
Motorists need to expect slower travel in peak biking season, exercise caution and slow when approaching cyclists from behind, especially when approaching corners and other places where vision is restricted. Cyclists need to respect other users of the road, be diligent in riding single file and maintain awareness of other traffic on the road.
As a major route for both local and tourist traffic and cycling, Eastside Road is in desperate need of widening to include a bike lane. This is not the fault of cyclists or motorists — it simply is.
Rather than posturing and name calling — how about getting together to find funding to rectify the situation? Lobby the government, approach cycling sponsors, fundraise locally.
All users of the roads can contribute to the solution.