kwackers wrote:Si wrote:Catch 22 ennit - you won't get more people cycling unless you tell them it's safe. You won't get it made safe unless you are prepared to point out that it's dangerous. If you can come up with an answer that satisfies both problems then you are doing better than me!
All I can say is this: life threatening situations do occur - I have to, on occasion, take emergency action to avoid being splatted. Yet, if I thought that cycling was so unsafe that such situations were likely to occur where I could not keep myself safe, then I'd give it up.
There is a difference between real danger and inconvenience - for instance I was watching a vid the other day where a drive, coming the other way, turned right across the front of a cyclist who had priority. The cyclists had to brake moderately sharply to stop before coming into contact with the bus. To my mind, despite the fact that the cyclist would have been splatted if they hadn't have stopped, the act that they could stop easily meant that it was more an inconvenience than a near-death experience. I'm not saying that the driver's action was correct, should not be tolerated or should not be commented on, but if we dress up all such incidents to be near-death experiences then it has the potential to frighten off a lot of potential cyclists.
That's exactly it. Just the other day I had a guy come flying out of a T junction nearly taking me out - he saw me at the last moment and locked all his wheels up. But I'd already figured out what was going to happen and had veered into the middle of the road. If I was honest I'd say I was suspicious slightly earlier judging by the speed he was approaching the junction - but I'm fairly bloody minded when it comes to occupying my space. If I'd been attired in black and with no lights - I suspect I'd have eased off well before and let him on his way.
But that driver would have been far more cautious if he was well aware,by a change in the law and a public information campaign leaving him in no doubt of the fact, that he was to be blaimed until proven otherwise for any collision with a vulnerable road user.
And that if found guilty he would face a real penalty for doing so.
Instead we have a situation where the cavalier attitude of motorists is almost backed up be the leniency of penalties dished out by judges.