Monday 25 May 2009 5.52pm
And yet it's cyclists that are being killed and the stats show that pedestrians face danger from cars, not bikes.
People shouldn't ride in an ignorant manner, you are quite right (people shouldn't be ignorant to others about anything, not just cycling), but why aren't people more upset about dangerous driving, when you look at the stats this is much more of a problem for pedestrians, yet there aren't pages filled with complaints about it (though you are right L, I shouldn't be flippant, what will we do when you've moved on?)
Sad though the loss of life is, far too many of the cyclists that have died of late have done so when passing a lorry or bus on the left in the gutter. Whilst I make no excuses for the failure of the driver to spot them, I do think it is common-sense not to undertake large vehicles.
When you learn to ride a motorcycle or scooter they drum in to you over and over again, that passing on the left is fool hardy. They also go on and on and on about something called a 'lifesaver' otherwise known as looking before you change position on the road.
If the majority of cyclists adhered to these simple common-sense measures plus remained within road traffic law then I suspect less would be killed. Perhaps it's time for compulsory basic training for cyclists?
Roads are (like it or not) a shared space with shared rules and there should be proper enforcement for all users.
I nearly took out a cyclist today... she decided to cycle over a pedestrian crossing after the light had turned green. I wouldn't mind bit it even had an offset island and was clearly for pedestrians only. I did an emergency stop and beeped her, she just gave me a look of indignation. Nice attitude!