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Old September 18th 18, 11:14 AM posted to uk.rec.driving,uk.rec.cycling
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Default Australian drivers carve up cyclists (short video)

On 18/09/2018 10:38, wrote:
On Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:14:32 +0100
Bod wrote:
On 18/09/2018 09:43, TMS320 wrote:
On 18/09/18 08:46, Bod wrote:

cyclist deaths in particular remain stubbornly high, even as average
speeds, which affect road deaths, continue to decline. If cars are
much safer than 25 years ago, why are cyclist deaths increasing, from
25 the previous year to 45 this past year?

Cars maybe safer for the occupants in a high speed crash but do they
reduce the number of low speed crashes? Very likely not because cars are
wider so reduce margins for error and all the stuff to protect the
occupants has got in the way of the driver's view. The width has also
taken away space for cyclists.

I can't argue with that, but many drivers are careless when passing

cyclists. I never have a problem with them when I'm in the car.
Also, when cycling, I've had many drivers who just pull out from
sideroads, seemingly oblivious to cyclists.


In the same way that many cyclists seem oblivious to traffic lights and any
rules in the highway code.

Lets be honest, there are idiots driving all forms of transport whether it be
bikes, motorbikes, cars, buses or trucks and they're not going to change. The
difference with cycling however is that you don't even need to pass a test
which at least for motorised vehicles keeps the idiots down to a sane level.
No so with pedal bikes.


I'd agree with making cyclists take a test. That makes sense.


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