The cycle of life …

Hi, it’s Caroline here from Europe Today.

 When I cycle in London, I feel like there is an ongoing war between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, and it can get pretty aggressive.cycling

 A report out here today suggests the number of cyclists dying or badly hurt on the road is on the rise.

Who’s at fault? Do you think cyclists are irresponsible? Or should the drivers be more careful and respectful towards cyclists?

Meanwhile, in Paris, the fines given to cyclists has nearly quadrupled in the last 5 years, and the police seems to be cracking down on them.

How is it where you live? If you are an avid cyclist, a pedestrian or a car driver, or perhaps all three, join the debate!


10 Responses to “The cycle of life …”

  1. 1 Jennifer
    November 6, 2009 at 15:26

    Bicycles/motorcycles on the road are accidents waiting to happen! They believe that they own the road. There is very little protecting them if they were to be in a crash! Its just not safe.

  2. 2 M N Corbett
    November 6, 2009 at 15:35

    Although a pensioner I can still ride a bike, but have to limit excursions to my village, because of ever increasing traffic. Speeds are a lot higher than forty years ago, and I think most cyclists no longer feel safe.
    We have a cycle track to get into town, but there remains half a mile of fast busy narrow road with no pavement, so have to get the car out.
    If we are to go greener such issues will have to be addressed.

  3. 3 patti in cape coral
    November 6, 2009 at 15:51

    I wish there were more bicycle lanes painted on the roads, it would make it easier for bicyclist and motorists.

    • 4 Tom K in Mpls
      November 6, 2009 at 16:20

      That was done in downtown Minneapolis about a month ago, as well as making some one way streets into two ways. Result: more car vs car accidents.

  4. 5 Tom K in Mpls
    November 6, 2009 at 16:16

    As a motorcyclist, it seems to me in the US, to be an increase in two wheeled traffic more than anything. It is harder to see two wheels than four and we are able to change locations much more quickly and easily than four. So it is harder to track us. I say this as someone that has hit and been hit.

  5. 6 Beth Ryder
    November 6, 2009 at 17:52

    Hi, Beth here from the Europe Today team. Do you think it makes a difference if a cyclist is wearing a helmet? One of our guests on the programme this evening is an avid cyclist but he refuses to wear a helmet bvecause he thinks it makes motorists too confident around him. Do you agree?

    • 7 Tom K in Mpls
      November 6, 2009 at 18:55

      Ryder on a cycling topic… is that you in the photo? As for helmets influencing attitudes, I think that is either thinking way too much or is a glib justification for doing what he wants to do against real and/or percieved pressure. As for me on motorcycle, I always wear a full face helmet. I do it because it is more comfortable, it improves my ability to see and hear, and it has saved my life. I also oppose helmet laws and believe vision protection laws are currently inadequate.

  6. 8 Lily Heise
    November 6, 2009 at 18:36

    Vive les Velibs! The Paris system is truly very effective and is a great model for other cities. Having seen the progress of the system since it was first installed a year and a half ago, drivers have become more respective of cyclists and in turn cyclists have also started being more responsible on the roads … and the sidewalks. It’s not perfect but a great start.

  7. 9 L.Smith
    November 7, 2009 at 10:14

    I am more than happy to share the road with cyclists if they abide by the same road rules as the rest of us, however I have encountered numerous arrogant and not abiding by the highway code cyclists. I have various times almost had an accident due to the lack of the cyclists knowledge of road use. They compromise their own safety and the motor vehicle driver gets blaimed. Many do not wear reflective wear when it is dark, I live out in the country and there are narrow dark lanes and have sometimes just in time spotted the cyclist .I do believe that cyclists should complete a competency test as to ensure they do understand the highway code and general road use rules. They should also pay some kind of road tax like the rest of us for using our roads. I do agree that it is good for the enviroment and health to cycle, I just think it is in everyones interest to ensure the cyclists are capable of using the roads safely.

  8. 10 scmehta
    November 9, 2009 at 07:28

    The cyclists are most vulnerable to the traffic-hazards,police retribution/punishment and the public-admonishment. In this mad mad fast world, it’s hard and rare to expect any compassionate consideration for the slow ones; besides, it also goes to prove how hypocritical most of us are, when we speak so passionately in support of the dire need for being ecologically/environmentally-friendly.

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