The United Kingdomâ€™s Guardian newspaper Bike Blog recently blogged on a debate hosted by the Spectator on whether cyclists constitute a road ‘menace’ brought together some unlikely political bedfellows.Â A little extract from that posting follows:
On the pro-cycling side of the debate, the arguments were less colourful, but ultimately more convincing (although as a cyclist, I suppose I would say that). Cyclists make up around 2% of the traffic in the London rush hour but they cause just 1% of injuries to pedestrians – almost all of them minor. And of the 204 people killed on London roads last year none was killed by a cyclist. In fact a cyclist has not been responsible for a road death in London for the previous eight years either.
That alone demonstrates cyclists are not the road menace they are sometimes painted as, said Gilligan. “To be a real menace you need more hardware.” And he implored the non-cyclists in the crowd: “Instead of hating us, you should join us. You would have nothing to lose but your trains.”
A very good point in my view and something we should all consider carefully. When I am riding a bike, what damage can I do to a driver in their car? None! What damage can that car driver do to me? They can injury me, they leave me with a permanent disability, they can kill me! All because I ride a bicycle! Is that really necessary? Are we held up in a cars that badly? Maybe it is time to leave the car at home and ride or walk and chill out.
My thanks to guskâ€™s posterous for drawing my attention to this blog posting.