IN response to Alison Potter's letter (Gazette, August 21), naturally I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of the cyclist in the incident mentioned.

I would like to point out that the "perfectly good cyclepath" referred to is only approximately one mile long – what should cyclists do when the path runs out?

Not to mention that cyclists may have to put themselves in danger by crossing busy roads to get to the path, as well as several times while on it.

This, of course, ignores the most important fact: it is legal for cyclists to ride on the road.

Ms Potter should read the Highway Code.

Secondly, she argues that drivers pay "road tax to use the road".

Road tax was abolished in 1937. Road maintenance comes from a budget derived from a variety of sources.

It certainly doesn't come from car tax, which is paid in relation to a car's emissions (with some car owners correspondingly paying nothing). Not forgetting that most cyclists are also car owners and pedestrians too.

The same issue of the Gazette celebrates charity cyclist, as well as the achievements of our local clubs, Malvern Cycle Sport and Malvern Triathlon Club.

Lisa Hurley