Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Our Helpful Reply to TfL's Helpful Email to Cyclists

Just received the following email from those thoughtful Transport for London people with some suggestions for cyclists...

Dear Mr Cyclist,

I am writing to both cyclists and drivers to remind them to take care on London’s roads.
Ok. Good. I expect to see advice for both cyclists and drivers in this email then...

Cyclists are reminded to:
Oh... just cyclists then...

Be aware of blind spots all around large vehicles. It’s often safer to hang back
Drivers of large vehicles. Check your blind spots. It's often safer than squishing a cyclist.

Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they have seen you
Drivers. Look at cyclists. Make sure you've seen them. Then don't run them over.

Not ride through red traffic lights. It’s dangerous and you can be fined £30
It's not just cyclists that do this but it actually makes sense. Don't do it. It makes us all look bad. If we want equal rights on the roads, we have to act as equals.

Allow space between you and parked vehicles. Doors may be opened suddenly
Drivers. Check your mirrors and use those big see through things called windows to make sure you aren't going to open your door on another vehicle.

Cycle training courses are available in most London boroughs.
Common sense awareness courses are available in most moments throughout life.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Plowden
Director, Surface Planning

Cheers Ben. Thanks for this email that further increases the public perception that cyclists shouldn't be on the road and have to take special measures to avoid inconveniencing other road users. God forbid we go and get ourselves run over...

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