I've just recently joined this group. I consider myself pro-cycling, but am strapping on my armour because of what I am about to say.
It seems to me that making London safe for cyclists is important, as is ensuring that all road users are responsible, respectful and importantly accountable for their actions.
I am appalled at a lot of what I see bad motorists with bad attitudes do, and the compromised cyclist safety that this causes.
I also see, on a daily basis, at least an equal number of cyclists with bad attitudes doing things that are just as stupid, dangerous and antisocial. Some of them wearing cameras to record others' actions!
I know that the debate about taxing/licensing/insuring cyclists is ongoing. As somone looking at it from the "outside," it seems that cyclists seem to want to enjoy all of the benefits of road use but want none of the responsibility or accountability.
I have twice been a victim of injury and property damage by cyclists, both of whom were at fault according to themselves and witnesses - yet in neither case was I able to get compensation. Many of my friends, some of whom are also cyclists, feel that the pro-cycling lobby have become militant and dare I say sanctmonious; the words hypocritical and arrogant seem to come up time and again in these discussions.
I appreciate that the majority of cyclists are law-abiding people with good perspectives and attitudes, but the aggressive vocal minority could actually be doing your cause a disservice and turning public opinion against what you want to achieve.
I'd like to see more peer-to-peer pressure by cyclists, for cyclists, when they misbehave - rather than the "pack mentalioty" that seems to set in on London's roads.