Tuesday 8 August 2006 12.06am
Unfortunately it's hard to allow sensible sedate cyclists to ride in otherwise pedestrianised areas taking in the view and so on whilst at the same time keeping out the less sensible types who might precipitate accidents.
Absolutely spot on point ADT! The considerate cyclists are already no problem for pedestrians. And, the young rapscallions who whizz dangerously along the riverside (who give all cyclists a bad name) will not be stopped by a few guards in highviz vests.
In fact the problem here is not about cyclists per se, it is about anti-social behaviour. By way of example, a friend of mine got shoved over by a burly jogger running at full pelt in Clink street a while ago (it can get quite crowded there). Should we ban joggers? Of course not. What we need to do is take action against overt anti-social behaviour. Blanket bans in this case actually harm the considerate and have no impact on the inconsiderate.
What might such action be like? There are lots of possibilities; some police on the look out for reckless cyclists, street furniture which makes high speed cycling difficult, perhaps we could encourage people to be more confident/assertive against those cycling in a reckless manner in crowds. There are pros and cons to these and other solutions - but that is part of a larger question.
Anyway, I was down at More London on Sunday (cycling carefully) and it was just loverly!
Would you like to go with me?
Wherever I'm going
Are you *really* asking?
Is that your *real* answer?