Cut speed and make roads safer for cyclists

First published in Letters

AS the ‘Cities fit for cycling’ campaign headed for debate by MPs David Cameron vowed to tackle high car insurance. In rising by 17 per cent last year, might cycling injuries rising by eight per cent be in some way responsible?

Taking account of the increasing threat to cyclists, The Times campaign was ignited when one of their journalists was knocked of her bicycle in November.

Doesn’t common sense dictate that cutting car insurance, means cutting cycling injuries? Also, if the NHS desperately needs reform to meet growing demand, then similarly, cut cycling injuries. Make roads safe, make Britain healthier!

When cyclist, and British cycling co-ordinator, Rob Jeffries, was killed by an 18-year-old-driver, the charge was ‘causing death by careless driving’: 200 hours community service, an 18-month ban, and £85 costs was the penalty.

At 18-year-old (a highly paid sportsman, lottery winner, or drug dealer) can drive any car he/she wants if they can afford to! This means a ‘racing-car’ from insurance group 20, if it suits!

Then there’s the damaging mobile phone culture which means indulging drivers don’t see hazards and cyclists until it’s too late.

Also, if “smartbox technology can be used to cut premiums for drivers under 25”, then by the same token, head-cam technology can be used to cut deaths of cyclists.

Allan Ramsay Member of RoadPeace — national charity for road crash victims

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