Friday, June 26, 2015
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not down on cyclists, indeed I was one for many many years, even taking part in the EverReady century ride (100 miles in a day) and a regular on the London to Brighton ride (64 miles) The difference is we rode properly, we obeyed the traffic laws, and we rode using common sense.
These days cyclists seem sadly lacking in common sense. Take the other day for example. First I passed about 20 cyclists going the other way, the problem was they were on a narrow-ish road and riding 2 abreast all close together, this made it impossible for any cars to overtake them. This causes driver to get frustrated driving along at 12 MPH, it's also causing congestion. Even worse any driver lucky enough to squeeze past is then overtaken on both side by the cyclists at the next traffic lights and they push in front and block the road again. Then they wonder when driver get mad at them.
Later the same day I damn nearly had a head on collision with another cyclist who came speeding around a blind corner on the wrong side of the main road, talk about bloody stupid!
So here's some ideas to make the roads safer for both motorists and cyclists.
1. Make it an offence to cyclists to ride two or more abreast.
2. Make it an offence for cyclists to overtake traffic stopped at traffic lights/ junctions etc, let them wait in the queue of traffic like everybody else.
3. Actually stop and prosecute cyclists who ride on the pavement and who just ignore traffic lights.
4. Make cyclists have insurance and an ID number like other road users, this would help prosecute bad riders and help in the event of accidents.
5. Make it an offence for cyclists to ride on the road when the road has a cycle path, the whole point of the bloody expensive cycle path is to make it safer for cyclists.
6. Make it compulsory for cyclists to have bright hi-vis clothing, helmets and lights after dark. Now the law says they need lights after sunset, but almost every day I'll see some moron in dark clothing and with no lights cycling down the middle of a busy road. Car driver have to wear a seat belt to save the NHS money, why can cyclist cost the NHS a fortune every year by falling on their heads?