Use your wing mirrors

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.

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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

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