- Oct 25, 2006
That is changing though, it has changed enormously in London and surroundings since the huge expansion in cycling here since the Millennium. I think you'd probably be surprised by the extent of the courtesy often shown to cyclists now. As cycling expands further it will continue to improve and deaths and injuries also reduce in consequence. Our London record number of deaths in a single year was 22 many years ago when only a quarter as many cycled. Last year it was 13 and has been as low as 8 with some 138 million commuting journeys alone completed each year, without all the other types of cycling, utility, club, Mountain, BMX etc.Agreed. The point I was making regarding tax/ VED is that by not paying it, cyclists (and horse riders) are viewed as freeloaders by the average road user.
This in turn fuels the belief that they are second-class road users who must stay out of the way of the "proper" vehicles.
And of course there's also a benefit to cyclists from all the electric cars we have now, including mine, no longer gassing them or in some cases deafening them as they exert cycling effort.