FOLLOWING an incident of a cyclist versus a car door opened without warning, on Byres Road, the inevitable occurred, with the cyclist thrown off her bike.

Luckily she seemed okay.

Some drivers' lack of common courtesy to cyclists leaves a lot to be desired.

Their use of wing mirrors, or lack thereof, along with cyclists safely equipped with high visibility wear and head protection would do a lot in making our roads safer for vehicles and cyclists alike.

"People Power" Via e-mail

Turban rider

Driving into work the other morning I was shocked to be overtaken by a motorcyclist who appeared to be riding without a helmet.

Thinking I was mistaken, I caught up with the motorbike and saw that the rider did not have a helmet. This was not a minor back road, but the M80, near to Kirkintilloch.

What he did have on his head was a turban.

Once at work I looked up the rules and regulations regarding helmets riding and discovered that people of the Sikh religion are exempt from wearing head protection.

While I respect everyone's right to follow a religion, from a safety point of view, surely this is nonsense.

How many times do you read about an accident in which the crash helmet saved the rider's life or minimised the injury?

I would have thought that anyone who rides a motorbike would want to be as safe as possible.

Jill Brown Cumbernauld

Hospice heroes

Well done to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice for a brilliant inspection report (March 25).

The Hospice does a remarkable job, giving comfort and support to patients and visitors.

Having experienced first hand the kindness of the staff, it makes you realise that, although there is a lot of badness in the world, there is also a great deal of goodness, and the hospice is shining example of this.

David Matthews Maryhill