Wednesday 26 May 2004 8.39am
As the only one to propose cycle training for children, Ken shades it for me.
If one of them said that (as well as improving cycle access, parking etc, which is undoubtedly an great step forward) they'd make all cyclists take compulsory training and have compulsory insurance, then that would really be a step forward.
Cycling can play a big part in getting traffic off our crowded roads. However, there are enough "anarchist" cyclists out there at the moment. I'm sure that not all of them have a deathwish, and so the only conclusion I can draw is that they don't know that a lot of the time they are putting themselves in danger.
Some basic training would go a long way to make people aware of the dangers and teach them some basic safety/life preservation measures. If we're trying to increase the number of people taking up cycling for the first time (or returning to cycling after many years, as is the case for a lot of adults), then if we don't train them (as well as doing things like making segregated cycle lanes where possible), we're just sending them out to get injured, and people will go back to cars.
If you want rights, you should have some responsibilities.
[Oh, and none of them mentioned motorbikes. In spite of being an excellent alternative to car or cycle, running forever on hardly any petrol, and giving off very low emissions, it seems they're just not vote-grabbingly trendy enough.]
...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.