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I'M writing in relation to 'Bicycle used as weapon' (Times, March 18). I don't condone what the cyclist did to the motorist. It was very aggressive and dangerous. However, as a cyclist who rides my bike to work every day, to do my bit to reduce my carbon footprint, not a day goes by that numerous motorists travel too close to me. The recommended distance a car should stay away from a cyclist is 1.5 metres. I wear a high visibility jacket, as well as my backpack. What I don't think motorists understand is that I can travel quite fast, so if they pass me and then try to cut back in front and then have to slow down or turn a corner, they're actually cutting me o . A small bus carrying school- children did just that recently. The only way for me to not end up hitting the kerb and ending up ontheroadwastobangashardasI could on the side of the bus so that the driver realised he was about to hit me. I literally had nowhere to go. Daily, I could put my arm out and touch the cars that pass me. Twice I've put my arm out to signal a right turn and the car passing me has hit my hand. I'm a motorist too, so I understand some cyclists are not safe or considerate. But we're not all like that, so next time you pass a cyclist, spare a thought for me and give them 1.5m. Yes, you may have to slow down or change lanes, but if it's me, I'll be very grateful. Laura Raynes, Howick www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 --- 9 PAKURANGA GOLF CLUB FUNCTION CENTRE FOR HIRE We cater for Weddings, 21st Birthdays, Anniversaries, Corporate Functions www.pakurangagolf.co.nz or Phone 538 0676 120560 Open daily for breakfast, lunch or just coffee & cake. Choose betweenawide range of delicious meals from our all day menu. So for Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee, make sure you visit The Coffee Club Meadowlands! THE COFFEE CLUB MEADOWLANDS IS NOW OPEN! COFFEE& CAKE $7.50! BUY ONE COFFEE, GET ONE FREE! FREE COFFEE WITH A BREAKFAST PURCHASE! BUY ONE LIGHT MEAL, GET ONE HALF PRICE! The Coffee Club Meadowlands Meadowlands Shopping Plaza Corner of Meadowlands Drive & Whitford Road, Howick Ph: 09 534 2113 www.thecoffeeclub.co.nz Fr ee Wifi Access thecoffeeclubmeadowlands Not available with VIP or other offers. Offer includes a small coffee only. Expires 31/05/13. The Coffee Club Meadowlands Meadowlands Shopping Plaza Ph: 534 2113 Not available with VIP or other offers. Higher priced item will be charged. Expires 31/05/13. The Coffee Club Meadowlands Meadowlands Shopping Plaza Ph: 534 2113 Not available with VIP or other offers. Offer includesafree small coffee. Expires 31/05/13. The Coffee Club Meadowlands Meadowlands Shopping Plaza Ph: 534 2113 Not available with VIP or other offers. Higher priced item will be charged. Expires 31/05/13. The Coffee Club Meadowlands Meadowlands Shopping Plaza Ph: 534 2113 Store Opening Hours Monday Tu esday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm 8:00am - 6:00pm 8:00am - 6:00pm 8:00am - 7:00pm 8:00am - 6:00pm 8:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm 120855-v2 121318-V4 What's new at Content value $110 Redken value $65 price $55 DON'T CUT ME OFF, PLEASE Shoddy job THE response to my complaint about the state of the reserve at the end of Mulroy Place, Dannemora, has at last been acknowledged with the help of Auckland councillor Sharon Stewart (Times, March 13). Until she intervened, the park looked like a bomb site complete with craters. To say it was similar to TV news coverage of Syria would be an understatement. It’s progressed to a replica of the Sahara Desert complete with palm trees, but without the oasis and camels. My main concern is possibly Auckland Council accepted the job from the contractor, and if it was not inspected, then it should have been. I’m disappointed the palms were planted there, as they’re totally unsuitable for a neighbourhood park. They provide little if any shel- ter, and obstruct any ball games for kids, and the fronds when on the ground would cause a serious injury if somebody encountered one with a bare foot. Bob Wichman, Botany The Times has received correspondence from cyclists who are reminding motorists to give them plenty of room to ride on the road safely as they pass by. It refers to the story 'Bicycle used as weapon' in last week's Times. Times file photo Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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