Tuesday 20 August 2019

Passing a test before being allowed to cycle on London streets!

I saw a recent article that was titled cyclists should have to pass a test before they are allowed on London streets.

The article asks the rhetorical question, who hasn't seen cyclists breaking the rules of the road - from jumping red lights to cycling on the pavement or using the phone while riding. It goes on to point out that drivers have to pass their theory test, requiring a knowledge of the Highway Code. This all raises some interesting issues.

I have always lived in London and when I first took my bicycle out on the open road, I lived in as central London as you can get. I didn't take a theory test and used common sense I suppose. I went on to pass my driving test when I was 19 or 20 and continued to make the odd journey by bike. I suspect this is a similar journey to most cyclists.

As someone who cycles frequently on London streets, yes I do see all of the above but I see a much bigger and more significant problem every time I venture out.

From my experience as a pedestrian, cyclist, motorist and occasional user of public transport I see motor vehicles committing all sorts of rule breaking, selfish and downright dangerous driving more so that any other road user. I am sometimes left wondering whether those behind a wheel have ever had a driving lesson in their lives, let alone pass a test!

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