SIR: There've been plenty of letters in recent weeks regarding the traffic situation in Winchester.

Most have been balanced and reasonable in their opinion. Dr Les Burwood's letter last week was not in that category. I don't think I have read a more ridiculous letter in your columns in years of reading the Chronicle. Two words in particular sum up my disgust at this letter when cycling is described as "anti-social" behaviour. Cycling is such an uplifting activity - anyone can ride a bicycle, it's good for you health, it's good for the environment and it's enjoyable. Cars are the complete opposite, especially in city centres like Winchester. No-one has to drive into the centre - I'm sick to death at the huge number of those cumbersome 4x4 vehicles, often with just one person in them, jamming up our narrow roads. St George's Street is a classic example, blocked with cars for many hours of the day.

What a joy if one day that road was pedestrianised. If a big city like Amsterdam can give priority to bicycles why can't Winchester?

So many car drivers are plain lazy - they need to make positive changes in their lives and leave their cars at home.

Jeremy Pearse,

Parchment Street,