founts68 Thu, Feb 13 2014 Likes2 2 Comments Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Cycling Safety - Who's to blame? My ride to work takes me across London along roads that have seen a number of my fellow cyclists not make it to their destination, there has been a large amount written about London's roads and safety of cyclists recently. Unfortunately this is due to the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on the roads. Boris Johnson has been criticised for making comments that have been portrayed as blaming the victims for how they have been riding, other writers have seemed to suggest that it is ok for cyclists to jump red lights. It seems to have descended into a lets blame the other party for the problem. My views are that it is ok to suggest that cyclists should obey the rules of the road and ride responsibly; this is not any affront of any of the cyclists that have lost their lives. I also think that it should be noted that there are motorists that should have their attitudes and behaviours questioned, advance stop lines are there to protect cyclists but many motorists believe that they should be allowed to stop within that box too. Until everyone accepts that there is no such thing as a perfectly behaved Cyclist, Driver or Pedestrian nothing is going to change. Some are obviously better than others and whilst I like to think that I am fairly well behaved when riding my bike I am sure that there are people who would point to some of my actions as not meeting their expectations, but only by working together, rather than blaming each other are things going to get better. I have seen it written that cyclists jump red lights because they think it is safer, well in my experience there are plenty of cyclists who jump red lights through impatience and a thought that they will get to their destination that much quicker by not having the inconvenience of waiting at a red light. There are of course far more who do stop and wait for the lights as the law requires. To balance this out there are also plenty of drivers who also jump red lights for the same reason as the cyclists but again plenty who wait for the light to turn green. I am sure that there will be plenty of people who ride bikes and who drive that will have an argument against some if not all of my points. Great lets debate them to come to some common ground but please be open to listening to my view as well as criticising it. We cannot change opinions if we are not able to discuss and understand all views!