Sunday 24 May 2009 5.58pm
You may scoff at the notion of 'cycling dynamics' (and it was expected) but unless you appreciate how bikes utilise space on roads you'll not see the difficulties and opportunities they present. Indeed Ivanhoe, cycling presents a vastly different option to either walking or car use and needs laws accordingly that befit their status and requirements, until then alas these arguments will go round and round not unlike wheels themselves.
I wouldn't scoff at cyling. I'm fully cognisant of all its benefits. But, as you highlight yourself, it suffers because it's neither one thing nor the other.
Cyclists don't feel they should follow all the rules fo the road, because they feel that they're not really road vehicles (or however else you want to define your term "cycling dynamics").
Pedestrians, on the other hand, feel that the pavement is their safe haven and so are concerned about cyclists who cycle off the road.
One answer is almost certainly to live in a newly built country, on largely reclaimed flat land, where you can build a third space for cyclists as they do so well in Holland. I don't know what the simple answer is for an old town like London.
However, I would scoff at someone who has the courage to take to the road on a pushbike in combination with the foolhardiness to think that constantly breaking traffic rules will not end up with them on the worst side of an accident.
...if you press it, they will come.