The very best gift to cyclists from the legacy of our superb Olympians and Tour de France heroes is to adopt the principles of responsibility that are observed on the continent (Letters, 4 August). If an accident happens there between a cyclist and a motor vehicle, the motorist takes the responsibility unless it can be proven otherwise. No longer would “I didn’t see him” be sufficient defence.
A campaign to bring in similar legislation here some time ago was inexplicably defeated in parliament but now, surely, the time is ripe to resurrect it. Cyclists would be far happier taking to the road if they knew that they would be consciously avoided by drivers for fear of prosecution. Would this be a worthy cause for the Guardian to take up in the wake of a tremendous London 2012?
• British women’s athletics success is all the more miraculous because it has come despite the main public broadcaster, the BBC. Deaf to the pleas of women athletes over the years, a recent survey showed the BBC gave only 5% of its sports airtime to women’s sport. In terms of attracting financial support, the damage done for women’s sport has been incalculable.
Burwash, East Sussex
• As the country basks in the sheer joy of these Olympics, we east Londoners are quietly jubilant in the certainty that these are emphatically our Games. It really does feel as if the greatest show on earth is going on our manor.
It was Ken Livingstone who had the courage to imagine this rough corner of east London could be transformed. Boris Johnson may get to enjoy the 2012 party, but I doubt his administration would have had the vision to take on such an audacious project. This area has a long history of entrenched poverty, and our young people’s futures have been stunted by low aspirations. Yet today east Londoners stand a little taller, proud of our area. This weekend, as we gather with friends and neighbours to enjoy the closing ceremony, we will raise a glass to you, Ken, to say thank you for dreaming big for east London.
• The tube has been manageable, the closing of the streets for the cycling road races went smoothly, the volunteers have been friendly and well located. But nothing has been more impressive a feat of planning than the women’s loos at the ExCel Centre. For the first time in my life at a public event the women breezed right into the ladies’ room, stepping around a long queue of men. Now, that’s what I call well-organised. Thank you.
• A question for Aidan Burley (Report, 28 July): are Team GB’s medals also “multicultural crap”?
• I’m still waiting for Cameron to blame the Games on the previous government.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
• One of the best legacies of the Games would be we remember that celebrities are people who have achieved something remarkable, rather than extrovert self-publicists with minimal talent.
Market Drayton, Shropshire
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