Showing posts from May, 2004

NSC suggests children should not cycle

Today the National Safety Council have suggested that children under 12 not be allowed to cycle on public roads without "training." Since 1896 25 million people have been killed as a result of motor vehicles. Cyclists are particularly in danger, not just because of their vulnerability but because driving standards have declined due to protectionist measures designed to prevent car users from coming into contact with vulnerable road users, thus making it less important for them to train themselves to be aware of other road users.

I see this regularly as a cyclist in Cork city, where a large percentage of drivers are completely unaware of other road users, and break even very basic road rules (such as, for example, driving through pedestrian lights or overtaking a cyclist and turning left). In an environment where cycling is shrinking, it becomes more hostile and dangerous as car driv…