danhopgood wrote:........ Which is why, going back[to] the OP, the public's - and the decision maker's views on cyclists matters.
Even if they're blatantly wrong?
From a motorist's POV(12,000miles per annum) and a cyclist's POV(between 5,000 and 8,000miles per annum).
Yes I see cyclists riding on pavements occasionally, I see an occasional cyclist RLJ,but I see far more motorists breaking the law,including driving on pavements and RLJing, driving dangerously,endangering other road users lives than I've ever done cyclists.
I say again,what we're seeing in this country is prejudice,pure and simple.
I have my own opinions why that is but that doesn't matter.
What matters is that the thread's title ''CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER'' is wrong on so many levels as to be unbelievable,and would be laughable if it weren't so tragic!
Cyclists will always be demonised in the UK as long as the authorities allow it,and they are doing nothing to stop it!
It's exactly as Kwackers says:-
In a nutshell, here's the public and decision makers view on bicycles:-
Modern roads are too busy for bicycles. They're fine when they can be segregated from motorised traffic but otherwise they slow down traffic and cause accidents by getting in the way. They don't work well with current traffic infrastructure and the cost of improvements isn't justified by their numbers.
Someone once said,you can judge how civilised a country is by the way treats it's minorities.
Cyclists in the UK are treated abysmally by the government and the law,at all levels,and by a significant and large minority of other road users.