- Oct 25, 2006
Fine, then lets continue with just over a 100 cyclists killed every year and the same large numbers seriously injured every year. The fact that these remain unchanged year after year is proof enough that the measures I listed don't work.They don't have to overtake on narrow roads and lanes, do they?
I don't think it's anti-social to "Festoon" my bike with cameras to enable me to hold drivers to account for endangering my life by passing too close. If the Police decide to prosecute as a result, it will be for sound reasons. It's anti-social endangering cyclist lives, who are much more likely to be seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Not many people get killed colliding with another person on the pavement.
Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of madness. Punishment doesn't work as any criminologist knows and the various crime figures show only too clearly.
We know what makes cycling safer, we've proved it in London with big reductions in deaths and injuries, despite the the largest expansion in cycling in the country through three decades.
None of that was achieved by punishment, these in time order are what made the difference:
Signed cycling routes and free London wide maps of these.
A huge Think Bike campaign throughout London and the Home Counties, including whole page adverts in the newspapers here and in London's TV ads.
Big increases in cycling, created by need, leading to ever increasing number of bikes on the road.
Improvements in London heavy vehicle signage and mirrors, plus truck driver and cyclists joint training.
Periods of intensive Police advisory action of both cyclists and drivers.
Continuously improving cycling facilities with better lane marking and in some places segregation.
We all just get on better together than we did some four decades ago, when yelling at each other was quite common. And most importantly, far less of any of us get hurt.