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Just to pick up on some of the points made in this thread -
It is against the law (Road Traffic Act) to drive, cycle (or ride a horse) without lights during lighting up times.
It is against the law (Road Traffic Act) to carelessly open a vehicle door (in the path of a cyclist for example) causing an accident.
It is also against the law (Road Traffic Act) to drive without due care and attention (to other road users). Road users is a broad term and includes EVERYONE who uses the highway (pedestrians, cyclists, horses, drivers etc).
It is against the law (Road Traffic Act) to cycle furiously.
A system of registration plates for cyclists is interesting, however, as cycles are bought, sold and stolen more frequently than cars, who would maintain the database and where would the funding come from ?
Finally, our countrys police force is stretched enough and their numbers decreasing due to the current governments policies. With huge emphasis being placed on the prevention and detection of Burglaries, Vehicle Crime and Offences Against The Person (assaults and robberies) when does the poor beat bobby get time to pursue an offender through to court (and be able to justify the use of his time to put the file together) for a cyclist without lights ?
Oh dear....I'm often angry when out pedalling.
After the Beeb showed War on the Streets every motoring and cycling forum is alight on this topic. Ultimately, there are idiots randomly scattered evetrywhere, on bikes and in cars. There are however, a lot more cars on the road, and to my knowledge no cyclist has killed a motorist when they collide.
Cheeseboy makes some good points, it's about education, but how do you stop the morons though who thinks its funny to slap my back / head when I'm out riding as they drive past? I've had people reaching out of their car trying to take my pump put of my jersey pocket, so is it any wonder that cyclists get really really p!ssd off with motorists. I drive a lot more than I ride, and I ride a lot with an amatuer club and it's sometimes crazy out there. Agreed a lot of "cyclists" are their own worst enemies, and inflame the situation even more by blatantly disregarding the rules, red light jumping etc, but the reality is the privilege of posessing a drivers license means you have to assume extra responsibilities, and that means expecting every one on two wheels to behave like a moron.
Licensing a bicycle is not the answer, the money administering and policing it would be better spent on separated cycle lanes. I'm sure there is more desire for cycle lanes today than ever before, but it's a case of build it and people will come. Until we do it, the last thing we need are draconian rules about number plates and helmets to kill it off as a recreational pastime, let alone a serious mode of commuting transport.
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but how do you stop the morons though who thinks its funny to slap my back / head when I'm out riding as they drive past? I've had people reaching out of their car trying to take my pump put of my jersey pocket, so is it any wonder that cyclists get really really p!ssd off with motorists.
Yep. You'll notice I wrote head and not helmet....
Aww, I suddenly feel all self conscious... no one has ever attempted to grope me whilst out cycling.
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If you've got some spare time tomorrow afternoon I could oblige.
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To be fair, that's possibly the less attractive of the two scenarios...
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