hi Dickyr, i think we are coming a little closer together now.
3. We are probably closer on this than we think. I whole-heartedly agree that safety gear should be utilised where it shows benefit. I personally wear a helmet and hi-vis clothing. But I still have doubts on what I perceive to be a widely held view that cyclists are unduly cavalier with resepect to their own safety,particualrly around helmets when the literature is at best dubious on their effectiveness in serious accidents.
4. As motorist cause more accidents, more prevention measures should be aimed at motorists - would this be fairer?
5. Sorry - poorly expressed on my side. I was speaking strictly in relation to what I choose to wear when cycling.
6. I strongly believe that cyclists are vulnerable road users and that there has been a knee-jerk re-aciton to be seen to be doing something. Borris has repeatedly made comments about cyclists taking more responsibility for their own safety which has a storng element of transferring blame to victims, and I mean real victims. From a recent Guardian article by Peter Walker -
In May last year Johnson cited a statistic at one of his mayor's question time sessions: 62% of accidents in which a cyclist was killed or seriously hurt in London, he proclaimed, were found to have been connected to cyclist law-breaking. Cycle groups scratched their heads at the figure and asked for a source. Months passed, with the mayor's office saying the reference was "being researched".
Eventually, Johnson came clean: he had been told the figure by a member of the public at a meeting and trotted it out without checking. Transport for London then came up with the real proportion of cycling accidents found to have been due to cyclist law-breaking: 6%.
On Thursday, faced with five cyclists killed around the capital in nine days, Johnson decided not just to express his condolences and promise to see what lessons can be learned from the new tragedies but talk in an interview about light-jumping and other "very risky" behaviour by cyclists
Can we agree that Borris is at best crass when handling such a sensitive subject?
And coming back to the real topic on this thread - can we agree that red light jumping is at worst anti-social? I do believe that there is a concerted effort to shift blame to cyclists. I don't believe that all cyclists are victims, nor do I believe that all motorists are aggressors.
But do a quick straw poll (not very scientific, granted) about why people won't cycle in London and the majority of the answers will be because it is too dangerous. Is it?
Btw, thank you for taking the time to respond.