I’m buzzed by cars passing by too close every day

In this week’s Guardian bike blog, Laura Laker describes the UK’s roads as feral. This view results in part from her reflecting on the results of British Cycling’s ‘State of Cycling 2019‘ report, published this week. Having reviewed it myself, it makes for pretty depressing reading, especially the lack of improvement in conditions for cyclists.

This image is copyright British Cycling, is used without adaptation, and was originally published here

One statistic particularly stood out for me: “Almost nine in ten (87%) cyclists are ‘close passed’ at least once a week.”

If I was only close passed ‘at least once a week’ I would be delighted. Unfortunately, it happens to me every single day, and usually several times a day. Vehicle drivers simply don’t give enough room to cyclists, when both parties are occupying shared road space (indeed, when you read the full report, it states that 40% of cyclists experience a close pass every day, so I’m most definitely not alone … and that figure is very worrying).

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Do cyclists think they’re above the law, and does it even matter?

I reviewed the book ‘Bike Nation’ a while ago, which is written by Peter Walker, a journalist who writes for The Guardian newspaper (amongst other publications). The Guardian published this vlog today (see below), in which Peter Walker addresses the question posed in the title of my post: “Do cyclists think they’re above the law, and does it even matter?”

Do cyclists think they’re above the law, and does it matter?
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