Conflicts between cyclists and others
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 11:00pm 5 September 2006
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Cyclists in London are often demonised for jumping red lights, for riding dangerously on the pavement, and for weaving dangerously between the traffic. Some people who cycle do all of these things, others don't.
Similarly, not all motorists drive too fast, not all bus drivers cut cyclists up at bus stops, not all pedestrians step off the kerb without looking, and not all motorcyclists invade Advanced Stop Lines.
All road users should respect each other's space, especially on busy London streets where space is at a premium. People who drive for a living (bus and taxi drivers, for example) should be trained to give cyclists the time and room they need.
Cyclists need to show consideration in their turn. Pedestrians often feel threatened when people who cycle share space with them. Cyclists should respect pedestrians, give way at all times, and cycle at appropriate speeds.
Poor road layouts can create conflict - for example, where a cycle lane passes too close to parked cars, or where a junction is simply so hostile to cyclists that some elect to ride on the pavement instead. There is a need for much greater awareness of these issues among highways engineers.