james127 wrote:I'm not trying to be argumentative here, but saying that bikes can kill/injure people and thus should be treated like cars is like saying that a swiss army knife can kill/injure people and thus it should be treated like a nuclear bomb.
... the laws on dangerous cycling are still too lenient if you ask me. wrote:
james127 wrote:Force a cyclist to defend his life surrounded by 2 ton monsters, and from time to time, the cyclist will have to act a little crazy -- give him or her a space to behave with dignity, and you'll get dignified behaviour.
eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:One reason my child and I haven't been hit by a cyclist is that I have adjusted my behaviour, i.e. by double checking that, even although my pedestrian crossing is green, I am not stepping into some irresponsible cyclist's path. It certainly isn't down to the responsible behaviour of cyclists. As I have said before, I have cycled in many European countries, I can compare, and cyclists in London don't know how to "cycle properly", nor do many 4 wheeled road users know hwo to deal with cyclists, simply because nothing has been implemented to teach road users how to live alongside each other. Shirking responsibility is not constructive. Many accidents are caused by negligence, either by pedestrians, cyclists or motorists, but many others could be prevented by proper education for all, supported by stricter laws and fines. I am speaking from experience, not from a wish to blame any particular kind of road user. We all carry the same responsibility.
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