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End this 'slaughter' of cyclists by construction lorries, says Murray


I am a pedestrian and motorist, a former cyclist. I agree that cyclists take too many chances, and seem not to be mindful of the fact that in any collision with a motorised vehicle, they are bound to come off worst. The last three times I have seen red lights broken have all been by cyclists: twice in Dublin, once in Brighton. There is a fairly widespread tendency for cyclists to switch from behaving like motorised vehicles to behaving as pedestrians-on-wheels when it suits. I've heard a cycling campaigner boast about cycling across London drunk. Great. No doubt if he had been involved in a fatal accident, there would have been cries of 'murder'. I'm also surprised that no motorist has sued for being publicly labelled by campaigners as a 'murderer'. The term implies intent. When I cycled, and it looked too dangerous, I dismounted and observed rules of the road as a pedestrian. because that was the safe thing to do. And no, they're not at all inclined to give way to pedestrians. If motorists treated cyclists as I have seen cyclists treat pedestrians, especially in parts of London, there would be even more fatalities. It's not a perfect world, and all road users could benefit from an awareness of how other users make mistakes. (e.g. that when overtaking on the inside, you are not easily visible). Accidents are generally exactly that. Very busy roads are not going to become safe overnight.... and voting against inside mirrors is just crazy. Will, I fail to see how architects can affect the conduct of construction truck drivers....our remit doesn't extend past the site. We're free to voice an opinion, of course.

Posted date

16 April, 2015

Posted time

9:14 pm