I’m really not looking forward to my cycle ride in London today because of the speeding motorcyclists, and the fact that they will ‘push you out of the way’ ‘because they’re bigger’.
They won’t leave decent space between us either. Then, with the black ice, they could skid into you.
Motorcyclists are reknowned for reckless speeding and yet, Boris sticks them with vulnerable users. On the TV yesterday, I saw that a lawless speeding motorcyclist went into a horse and rider. But no, Boris is happy that they ride two feet from horses and cyclists.
As a horse rider, also, we need motorcyclists to quietly go past us, leaving us lots of space. A horse can get frightened, but no, motorcyclists, ignore that despite the Highway Code. Few have respect for vulnerable road users. Their bad attitude, I expect, will cause accidents, deaths and more roadrage.
I also feel sorry for cyclists who haven’t got a mirror to double check who’s behind them and for parents cycling with their young kids. It will push more cyclists off the road into cars, causing more congestion.
I will be affected by this, as I go on the worst roads in London, (Aldgate/Whitechapel/Bow towards the Olympic Stadium where motorists already illegally use the bus/cycle lane, and we now have to put up with motorcyclists.
It’s not that we can even avoid the ‘worst areas’ by taking public transport, as public transport won’t take your bike unless it is a fold up. So cyclists have to have to buy 2 bikes or just use one fold up bike, which often isn’t practical. Cyclists are being penalised for choosing the healthy and environmentally friendly option. It is no wonder the EU are coming down on the UK for not doing much for global warming.
This stupid ‘motorcyclists-in-bus lanes’ law is made even though it isn’t compulsory for cyclists to wear helmets, it’s only recommended. Surely helmets should be made compulsory before they allow motorcyclists in bus/cycle lanes?
Remember, it’s a trial, but ‘many cyclists will have to die’ in this time, in order for the trial to end. (That’s how it works doesn’t it?). If cyclists don’t die, it will continue. If they don’t die, it is because they ‘get off their bike or walk on the pavements, or it’s just down to luck’.
I wonder how they cope in Amsterdam with the motorcyclists? I don’t know how it works there but it would be interesting.
As Boris, has 4 kids, will he give up cycling as they could be without a father, if he gets killed by a motorcyclist. It will be all his fault too.
Roll on the next election. I wonder if I will be alive then?
Update 7/1/09 There is a Tfl Survey on this issue. See my links under Survey.