Pedestrianism and Hampshie mansluaghter acquittal

gar

Pedestrianism and Hampshie mansluaghter acquittal

Postby gar » 24 Oct 2005, 10:10am

Thinking of Brake's campaign to clarify the criminal law unto cyclist injuries and traffic law generally,
if cyclists were treated as pedestrians in the same way as they are in France, does this have any effect on the charges and sentences in French courts, and would it have any effect on ours?

How does the different law in France effect charges and sentences... and consequently motorists' road manners to cyclists?

gar

Re:Pedestrianism and Hampshie mansluaghter acquittal

Postby gar » 24 Oct 2005, 10:21am

Independent comment
Planners in the Netherlands have to cater for all three categories, with proper funding for each enshrined in the law. In this country, cyclists are mostly either lumped together with cars or with pedestrians. Facilities for cyclists are at the discretion of a benevolent council and therefore mostly absent. Cycle routes are often just white lines on the tarmac and traffic light timings are geared to what is adequate for cars.

This is of course inaccurate about UK bicycles; In the UK a bicycle is a vehicle the same as a car. The comment above deals with funding in the Netherlands and not traffic law .... manslaughter.... and dangerous driving.

gar

Re:Pedestrianism and Hampshie mansluaghter acquittal

Postby gar » 24 Oct 2005, 10:40am

Headlights in daytime does nothing for the safety of
cyclists. On the contrary it merely improves the safety of the person driving the car with his headlights on, and distracts others from road users other than those with their headlights on.

French research.