Pedestrians need to be protected
PEDESTRIANS must be protected from dangerous "space share" cyclists. If Bristol City Council wish the Cycling City to be successful something has to be done to safeguard pedestrians using the pavements. The BOPF has shown what injuries people can sustain.
Graham Hawkins not only suffered injury but had his motorbike stolen whilst he was being taken off to hospital as a result of an accident caused by a cyclist in Bristol. (The Post August 9)
The cornerstone to our campaign is three fold:
All cyclists, as road users, must have insurance.
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All bicycles must be registered for identification purposes.
All cyclists, as a consequence of the first point above, must have lights front and back on their bikes.
We do not advocate all cyclists wear helmets, despite what Bradley Wiggins has suggested because we feel that is a matter of choice.
It is regrettable that the leading political party in Bristol has someone as Dr Jon Rogers – potential Mayor candidate – who has not only openly admitted he breaks the law and rides his bike on the pavement but he has come up with a solution that is unworkable.
Take a photograph of an offending cyclist. What good is that? Without a name and address how can that cyclist ever be "educated"?
Also we have witnessed a PC from Avon and Somerset police admonishing a cyclist in Staple Hill for riding on the pavement, and that cyclist ride off shouting ".... off" and giving the two-finger V sign to the policeman. Nothing was done.
We have received a missive from Avon and Somerset police which is less than helpful to address this serious issue.
Also the "shared space" concept is something not clear or publicised so that the general pedestrian fraternity were aware what was going on and how the council perceived moving around Bristol for the future. From people we have spoken we believe the Council is prioritising cyclists regardless of the consequence to the general pedestrian travelling public.
If cycling on the pavement is to be the norm, at present the council is encouraging people to break the law and whilst breaking the law errant cyclists are injuring physically and mentally vulnerable people of Bristol, Bristol City Council has to do something to resolve what is becoming confrontational and which could get ugly.
As regards the recent report of the man cycling on the pavement in Fishponds with a child in a trailer on his bike.
Today we saw a family of four cycling along the same road, with the youngest baby in a trailer, and they used the road and are happy to do so and "have no reason to use the pavement" to quote the man of the group.
It is possible to ride Fishponds Road in safety.
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