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Transport Department’s New Cycling Safety Campaign


As someone who, in a former life, wrote about and participated in the world of mountain bikes and cycling in general, I like to think I am qualified to pontificate on the subject of cycling road safety. As, today, a driver and enthusiastic petrol head of many years standing I also like to think I am qualified to pontificate on the subject of cycling road safety.

I love cycling. The fresh air, the smell of the flowers in the countryside, the burning legs and the rasping lungs all aid and abet a healthy lifestyle. That is until a car slices across your bows as if you aren’t there, or worse, actually has you off. It has happened to me more than once.

Conversely, I like to make sure that I go for a long walk every day to clear the mind and the tubes. In the last week I have had three near misses from cyclists riding on nbso the pavement or the forest path who have approached from behind with no advance warning. I walk in a straight line, small children do not.

The whole point is that both groups, the two wheeled and the four, are both sinners and sinned against. The positions are polarised. Red-faced drivers rant against cyclists and Lycra-clad monomaniacs hate all things motorised. So, once again, the Department for Transport at the time of writing is having a crack at a new ‘Think’ campaign designed to improve safety for cyclists. Some city dwellers will see signs and posters in the near future.

Certainly we could all do better. The fact is that these things are always slanted towards the two-wheeled community because, quite rightly, they are far more vulnerable but the bad road behaviour of some cyclists is overlooked because of that vulnerability. There is no need to cycle on pavements on quiet roads. There is no need to buzz past pensioners who are not too quick on their feet. There is no need to ignore the rules of the road.

The Highway Code is there for all. We don’t want to see a rise in cycling fatalities but equally we don’t want the motorist shouldering all the blame.

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