Insurance for cyclists again

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Wanlock Dod
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Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Postby Wanlock Dod » 30 Mar 2019, 12:27pm

Yet the police are investigating this incident where a pedestrian was pushed into the road. The offender was most likely unlicensed, unregistered, and uninsured but that hasn’t prevented it being investigated. No calls for greater regulation of pedestrians though. Apparently the Lordy lord in question was helped by two bystanders which suggests that there were witnesses to the assault, and the police have quite a good record of dealing with these types of incidents successfully.

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Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Postby Ontherivet77 » 30 Mar 2019, 6:52pm

Am I to assume that if Prof Winston had got into an argument with a fellow pedestrian who had kicked him, he would then be calling for all pedestrians to carry ID numbers?

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Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Postby ThePinkOne » 31 Mar 2019, 4:45pm

Hmmm, I doubt it.

His bio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Winston shows a number of professional bodies there to complain to, and he does have a Twitter feed apparently.

I feel a few complaints coming on, for someone who apparently represents science his attitude to cyclists from his anecdotal experience is appaulingly unscientific, as a starter for 10 maybe he needs reminding that the plural of "anecdote" is NOT "data". Then there is the data he has not considered- that mandatory licensing and registration doesn't stop car drivers from killing and injuring people (far mor often than cyclist do at that).

Also, given his association with medicine and health (including an gold award from a health organisation), he seems to have forgotten the health benefits of cycling and how much that would suffer if cyclists had to be mandatorily registered.

He is in a public office and commands attention due to the privleges of those offices- so he should be judged on the higher standard required of that (in the same way as someone making islamophobic or antisemetic comments would be held to account for their remarks).

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Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 31 Mar 2019, 9:48pm

Don't stick your nose into other peoples business and they may be less inclined to do unpleasant things in return.

In any case, number plates don't seem to prevent car drivers indulging in jolly bouts of fisticuffs. It's just sour grapes from some out of touch has-been who stuck his nose in and came off worse. Even most of my non cycling, and even anti cycling, associates think he's a twit for this.
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