Cycling now enjoys a renewed vogue as a non-polluting form of transport.

However, spare a thought for the pedestrian, perhaps not in the prime of life, who has to negotiate a pavement or shared path.

If memory serves me well, each bicycle once carried a simple handbell which could be used as a warning. Lately I have lost count of the number of cyclists who approach silently from behind and speed past as if they were competing in the Tour de France.

We all have to make use of the same public space, but am I the only one who finds this disturbing?

Michael Southgate