As regular readers will know, all I want to see is a degree of responsibility from cyclists. Respect for other road users – especially pedestrians – and a bit of thought for the majority of the law abiding.
So I was pretty outraged this morning to read a series of articles on what purports to be a responsible cycling site for London – The London Cyclist. I hesitated to provide a link to their irresponsible content but you should all see the nonsense they peddle (hope you liked that little pun).
The link will take you to an article discussing the relevance of the rules of the road to cyclists but see the additional links at the bottom as well. No wonder we see such appaling behaviour on a daily basis.
Lets consider some of the points:
There is an article on traffic light strategy. It includes the comment that “I don’t make a habit of jumping red lights”. Don’t these idiots know that even once is wrong? No one is expecting to see traffic (and yes, you’re ‘traffic’ on a bike) on a bit of the road ‘closed’ by a red light. Don’t they know the consequences of getting this wrong for pedestrians or themselves? The argument goes that bikes take up less space than 4 wheeled vehicles so laws should be more lightly enforced. Don’t they realise that the consequence of getting it wrong BECAUSE 4 wheeled vehicles are bigger and heavier is DEATH! And does no one spare a thought for how traumatic it must be for a car driver to kill or injure a cyclist under ANY circumstances? So how selfish is it to risk that just to steal a bit of a march on the rest of the traffic? (Oh and hiding behind the ‘hardly anyone gets killed by cyclists, so it’s ok to weave around the place with impunity’ line is cretinous in the extreme).
Elswhere the blog positively promotes occupying the space ahead of lights to wait for an early getaway. Don’t cyclists realise that is exactly where pedestrians expect to cross unimpeded in safety and not to work through a maze of spokes?
A second link argues that riding on the pavement should not be an issue and nor should riding against traffic on one way streets. The pavement argument is appalling. Try walking on a pavement and facing oncoming bikes. Plenty of cyclists decry the behaviour of motorists who put them in danger but here is an article by a seemingly respectable website positively promoting putting pedestrians in danger.
Come on guys. Behave yourselves. Do the right thing and cycle with respect for all.