HGV tanker driver/ motorcyclist/car driver/ cyclist.
As the title suggests i earn a living driving, i ride motorcycle and there is nothing i like more and thats to get out on my mountain bike with the kids every weekend we can.
Some of the cyclist i see each and everyday at work are a disgrace, and it's these people that make motorist think they get all they deserve. My daughter was knocked down in london on her lunch break by a cyclist (courier) mounting the pavement to avoid a red light.
I worked with a driver who was unlucky enough to be in the right place at the wrong time, and he killed a cyclist who although my colleague was indicating turning left and had positioned himself where he could get the trailer round the left turn, and all the traffic around him had stopped this cyclist rode straight down the left of the trailer. My colleague never ever turned a hgv wheel since he has been unable to work he has tried to kill himself once, it has completely ruined his and his families lives. And i don't suppose the cyclist family have had agreat time either. This incident could have been avoided had the cyclist been educated simple as that.
I had to pass a test to drive a car, i had to pass a test to drive my lorry, i had to pass a test to ride my motorcycle, i have to pay road tax and insurance to use the roads in this country,but i can get a bicycle and go wherever i like?. As someone who earns a living driving an articulated petrol tanker, and who is a cyclist feel that cyclists need to be educated. None of that programme on TV last night war on britains roads shocked me, as i see it day in day out. And why more cyclist are not killed is pure luck, and sometimes their luck runs out thats all it comes down to.
I think in London all cyclist who ride within the congestion charge zone ,should have attended a test, they should be given a registration to be worn on a high vis vest, and be held accountable for their dangerous driving the same as other road users, if they haven't got a registraion their bikes should be seized and sold to pay for a scheme such as this.
As a cyclist and a hgv driver know i where the blame lies here, and if you was to ask a city courier cyclist who told the truth he would say the cyclist can only be to blame.
I wouldn't dream of putting my crash helmet on over my ipod earphones, but a cyclist can, i wouldn't dream of riding on the pavement to avoid a red light, but cyclists do. And i certainly wouldn't ride down the near side of any vehicle let alone a hgv, but cyclists do. I wouldn't put myself anywhere the near side of a vehicle beacuse i know as a hgv driver, i can't be seen.
So if i know this because i have passed tests and educated ,then to educate cyclists has to be the answer.