Wednesday 30 April 2003 1.36pm
I had my parents down for the weekend a few months back, and as we were crossing at a ped crossing on New Kent Road
I was saying 'oh, this is london, double-check for cars jumping the lights before you cross...' just as we were halfway over the road, some **** in a south-london-renta-wreck-special came haring down the bus lane nearly killing us all. (Too fast to even get the license no).
I am an occassional cyclist and it maddens me when other cyclists sail past while I'm stopped at lights. However, there is a subltle difference for drivers and cyclists; a red light can be a convenient time to check you teeth, change radio station, etc, but you kind of feel an dork/goody-goody as a cyclist waiting for a light to change when there's no one crossing. Absolutely no excuse for mowing down peds of course...except when they step off the pavement without looking - grrr!
Let's face it though, the life a cyclist risks by jumping lights at junctions is pretty much their own...the same certainly cannot be said of motorbikes/lorries/cars.