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The law should be obeyed and that goes for cyclists too

09 September, 2021

‘Many cyclists need to be protected against their own stupidity’

• I WRITE this as a professional driver, an amateur cyclist and an often pedestrian.

There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest threat to cyclist safety is, on average, the cyclists themselves.

While driving in Greater London I see, almost every minute, cyclists breaking the law and in many cases, endangering their own safety.

I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for drivers like me, who are often paying more attention than the average cyclist, there would be a lot more cyclist fatalities and injuries.

Cyclists (not all of them) are constantly cycling through red lights, cycling on pavements, going the wrong way on one-way streets and, probably the most dangerous of all, cycling without lights. Recently I’ve seen a lot more cyclists cycling two abreast.

Even though cyclists are constantly breaking the law, the police, who are paid to enforce the law, do almost nothing about it.

Many cyclists need to be protected against their own stupidity and should be taken off the road for their own safety and for the safety of others. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that many cyclists are too inexperienced to be allowed on the roads.

The only reason that many of them have not been injured is because of people like me who are constantly wondering what foolish thing a cyclist is going to do next and are driving super-defensively.

It would be very easy to fine cyclists and there’s significant income to be generated from doing so. Those on the red rental bikes could easily be fined direct to the payment card that was used to rent the bike.

The worst offenders are the food-delivery cyclists. Apparently, they receive an extra payment for delivering food quickly. Like many other cyclists, most of them do not have lights.

I realise that drivers and pedestrians are also far from perfect. If cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers obeyed the law, behaved intelligently and selflessly, then that in itself would be the biggest boost to road and pavement safety for everyone.

PETER MATHEWS, SW1

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