Thursday 11 February 2010 10.25am
It's far too dangerous, especially when you consider that the users of these rented bikes are going to be 'recreational' cyclists. London's roads aren't cyclist friendly. Well intentioned plans, but possibly irresponsible.
I completely agree - I've been cycling since 2006 and I'm also a bit of a 'taking the lane' cyclist (I'm assertive and very used to judging which drivers are probably going to do idiotic things that will endanger me (like overtaking me and then immediately turning left for a start)) and I think that I still have probably around two experiences per week where I go - 'Sheesh, that was a bit close...'
The idea of uneducated, slow, wobbly cyclists newly taking to the road in zone 1 scares the **** out of me.
And that's not even considering all the lack of bike etiquette (as I call it) that'll be evident (pavement riding/ pedestrian crossing jumping/ undertaking etc) to make people hate cyclists even more!