Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt?
This morning we spotted the article which is published in full below. Within it, is a claim from a fellow road user which presents cyclists as a primary reason for motor vehicle users feeling unsafe.
We could focus on Winston Churchill’s abolition of the ‘Road Tax’ in 1937, or mention that more cyclists in London hold 3rd Party Insurance than there are Licensed Taxis… instead, we have chosen to publish the article ‘as received’ so you can make your own mind up.
LCC Membership includes 3rd Party Insurance. This is the equivalent of the 3rd Party Insurance which drivers of powered vehicles on UK roads are obliged to have (mine for 2015-2017 are shown in the photograph above).
A petition urging the UK Government to force cyclists to hold insurance and pay road tax has reached over 14,000 signatures.
Only around 500 more supporters are needed for the “issue” to be proposed to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and, somewhat strangely, to jobseeker David Cameron.
Owen McDermott, creator of the petition, wrote: “The public roads used by motor vehicles are becoming unsafe to use due to one particular community that feel they are eligible to cycle on public UK roads“.
“Just like having to sit your theory and your practical test to obtain a driving license, cyclists should have to do the same. What training have they had to use the road safely?
“Insurance, if a cyclist throws him/herself into the back of a stationary motor vehicle… who’s to blame? Not the cyclist… The driver of the motor vehicle would have to pay their own excess to repair the damages.
“I’m not sure on the percentage of how many cyclists die every year due to cycling on the road, but if you stick them back on the path in a cycle lane I’m sure a lot more people will survive.”
Let’s just take a line by line approach for a moment here – largely because otherwise we really don’t know where to start.
- “one particular community that feel they are eligible to cycle on public UK roads“
…erm, we are eligible. Feeling doesn’t come into it.
- “if a cyclist throws him/herself into the back of a stationary motor vehicle… who’s to blame?”
Don’t you just hate it when you’re riding along and you have that sudden urge to throw yourself at a car? It’s so hard to resist walloping yourself, trashing your bike, picking yourself and your components up off the road, and limping home in the rain.
- “if you stick them back on the path in a cycle lane I’m sure a lot more people will survive.”
Is there another petition demanding proper infrastructure? Because that would be great. Proper infrastructure mind, none of this. They might want to check out the infrastructure guidelines suggested by Bez, who has quite a lot to say about cyclists surviving (or not).