ITV evening news today, an LCC representative, asked directly about the comments made by the Mayor - a regular and committed cyclist himself - regarding bad choices/decisions made by some London cyclists. Did he answer the question - of course not, he's an LCC representitive. No, instead he chose to completely ignore the question and launched into the usual tirade against HGV's.
Beginining to think the LCC is a bit of a one-trick-pony. You never see an LCC representative taking advantage of such exposure to both educate and berate the kind of cyclists Boris was refering to. Some of the behaviour of cyclists on our roads is both stupid and frightening to witness. I am now resigned to the fact that at some point I am going to witness the death or serious injury to one or more of these irresponsible individuals. The LCC need to get a grip and start to highlight these unsafe practices.
I am willing to be corrected on this point but I understand that the unfortunate individual whole his life in Whitechapel last Wednesday/Thursday evening was riding the wrong way down a one-way street. Does not absolve the driver for his lack of attention but as the Mayor pointed out we are at times our own worst enemies. Come LCC leadership, stand up and be counted, only a small minority of drivers are reckless or foolish, sadly that can not be said of many London cyclists.
Just for the record, I am not a driver of HGV's or anything else. I'm 54 years old, ridden most of my life - only recently in London - and I've reached this age by not being the kind of cyclists the Mayor had a go at.