Campaign for all Cyclists to Follow the Highway Code
Ladies and Gentlemen,
95% of cyclists on the road do not meet or adhere to the Highway Code regulations (please see here: https://www.gov.uk/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82) that govern operating bicycles on the public highway. THE LCC SHOULD PLEASE CAMPAIGN TO GET ALL CYCLISTS TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD THAT EVERY OTHER ROAD USER MUST OBEY, AND THEN THERE WILL BE FAR FEWER PROBLEMS. BRITAINS ROADS ARE A CONGESTED AND DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT, AND NOT A PLAYGROUND. THE RULES PUT IN PLACE BY THE GOVERNMENT VIA THE HIGHWAY CODE REFLECT THIS FACT. THEY ARE THERE FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL ROAD USERS, AND ARE STATED FOR THAT EXACT PURPOSE.
It is a pleasure to see cyclists that do adhere to the Highway Code, and I show them all the due courtesy and consideration as other road users; other road users who, I point out, have to pay great amounts of money in insurance, taxes and duties, as well as pass a minimum driving proficiency test in order to use the public highway. Please take a moment to review the Highway Code rules via the above hyperlink, and ask yourself if you meet or adhere to them. They are they to protect YOU. If you do not adhere to them, and are - God forbid - involved in an incident, the blame may well rest with you for not adhering to the Law.
A licensing and insurance system should be put into place for cyclists, for the benefit of all road users, and as other road users have to bear. And, before you all start on some diatribe about Freedom and Human Rights, the British Government had an annual 'Bicycle Ownership and Operation' license in ALL of its colonies, and it still exists today in some of them. If this abhorrent tax on poor people was acceptable to the British then, it can also be here in Britain itself, especially where the population can easily afford it.
This post was edited by HS111 at 9:07pm 24 September 2013.