I have a relative who is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and picked up and read her local area (East Yorkshire) newsletter recently. Had a couple of complaining letters in it about some new road markings in Beverley, how they were dangerous,. The council has basically put in wide (about half a lane) broken line cycle lanes and removed the central dividor line. Best onroad cycle lanes I've come across - lots of room given and cars wait for oncoming traffic before passing. Discussed the letters with her and she said "If you feel like that, that they are so good why not write an article for the newsletter?" So, err.. Here it is. Any sage comments before I send it off? I'm trying for a cajoling rather than 'us' and 'them' slant. "Another perspective...." Having recently picked up and read a copy of a relatives IAM local area magazine I noticed the attention being given to some of the road markings in Beverley. As a regular cyclist and having used some of the 'controversially' marked roads I found them a joy to cycle on. Let me explain. The Highway Code Rule 163 states: "Give vunerable road users at least as much space as you would a car". Unfortunately this doesn't happen often enough with most motorists, close overtakes are unnerving and cause air turbulence which are unsettling on a bike. The larger the vehicle and passing speed the worse this becomes. Could you react in time if a cyclist you are passing veered off after hitting one of the numerous potholes in the area? The road markings in Beverley are making drivers think and pay attention to cycles, giving them the road space they are entitled to. Imagine this senario. Two vehicles and a cycle on a single carriageway road. The car travelling in the same direction as the cyclist waits behind until the oncoming vehicle is clear, pulls out giving plenty of space and continues on its way, a delay of a few seconds. Unfortunately what happens all too often is a "must get past" attitude towards the cyclist resulting in very close overtake of them. Every car that has overtaken me on the marked Beverley roads has waited to pass. As a car driver I appreciate the uncertainty the markings cause, it causes me to think, to slow down, to assess road conditions. Surely a good thing? There seemed to be a concern over head-on collisions with not having a central dividor. I look for cars, buses, HGV's - they are easy to see and pull over to avoid. We (as drivers) need to pay more attention to other road users. Personally I regard most on-road cycle lanes in the area are far too narrow and useless as they encourage close overtaking. The cycle lanes marked on the roads in Beverley are also nice and wide (DtF recommend 1.5metres)giving a good passing clearance. As drivers we exercise lane discipline, we 'stay in our lane'. If I (as a cyclist) am in my cycle lane green painted strip I am 'in my lane' so can be passed. The markings take little account of Rule 163 above. The sun has finally appeared, petrol prices are horrendous (and going to get worse) - go get the bike out of the back of the garage and dust it off! Smile and wish me a "Good Morning" if we pass, you never know, you might even enjoy it! See you on the roads."